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The mission of Democracy is to build a vibrant and vital progressivism for the twenty-first century that builds on the movement’s proud history, is true to its central values, and is relevant to present times.
Democracy will publish on a quarterly basis and serve as a place where ideas can be developed and important debates can be spurred.
We do not seek to publish policy papers; we’ll leave the important details on budget line items and dollar figures to others. Rather, we seek breakthrough thinking on the concepts and approaches that respond to the central transformations of our time: the breakdown of the ladder of upward mobility; the promise and problems of an information-based, globalized economy; new national security threats which cross old boundaries and defy old assumptions from jihadist terrorism and nuclear proliferation to climate change, pandemics, and poverty; and a society where people work and live in new and different ways.
Progressives have been at their best when we are both rigorous in looking at the world as it is and vigorous in introducing creative approaches to remake the world as we believe it should be. Democracy is not interested in either reiterating the conventional wisdom or maintaining unity around outdated orthodoxies. We see our role as upsetting tired assumptions, moving past outdated and obsolete divisions, and stretching the envelope of what is accepted by and of progressives.
Our ambitions are large – as is the scale of the work before us – but we have no doubt that ideas can change the course of our nation. Now is the time to fashion a new progressivism for the twenty-first century, and we welcome all who are willing to join in this conversation.
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The American Scholar: How Congress could fix our economy
News
“Rethinking Debt” Cited in The New York Times
New York Times: In a recent post for The New York Times’ Campaign Stops blog, Thomas Edsall asked the question: “Does the national debt—which has now reached a cumulative total of $15.4 trillion—pose a serious threat to the financial viability of the United States?” Edsall describes the split on the left on this question, highlighting Jared Bernstein’s piece, “Rethinking Debt,” in the Winter 2012 issue of Democracy.
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Wilson Quarterly Highlights “The Church of Labor”
Wilson Quarterly: The winter issue of the Wilson Quarterly features a short piece on Lew Daly’s “The Church of Labor,” which appeared in our Fall 2011 issue.
Events
Reframing U.S. Strategy in a Turbulent World: American Spring?
Democracy: A Journal of Ideas: On January 11, Democracy and the New America Foundation hosted “Reframing U.S. Strategy in a Turbulent World: American Spring?,” a panel discussion about progressive approaches to U.S. foreign policy in the twenty-first century.

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