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Issue #30, Fall 2013
The New Politics of Evasion
William A. Galston & Elaine C. Kamarck: New thinking and favorable demography have largely addressed the Democrats’ old problems. Now it’s the Republicans who can’t face reality.
Winter Has Come
Andrew S. Weiss: The “reset” with Russia worked, until Putin sabotaged it. Now the relationship is in tatters. Here’s how to save it—if we even want to bother.
The Parenting Gap
Richard V. Reeves, Isabel Sawhill, & Kimberly Howard: The first two years of life are crucial. We need to help lower-income parents do better—and demand that they do.
The Tech Intellectuals
Henry Farrell: The good, bad, and ugly among our new breed of cyber-critics, and the economic imperatives that drive them.
Joan Walsh: Four years after Obama took office, George Packer sees little hope for the liberal project. Why is he—along with many, many others—so depressed?
Hatreds Ancient and New
J.J. Goldberg: There is and will always be anti-Semitism. But has it really remained unchanged from medieval times to fin-de-siècle Europe to today?
Oracle’s Odyssey
Seyla Benhabib: Albert O. Hirschman lived a dramatic twentieth-century life and sought to use it to create a more humane social science.
Fiscal Drag
Meg Jacobs: Finally—about 40 years too late—the tide may be turning against austerity.
Diana Wueger: The gun industry and lobby have a stranglehold on our politics, but a rhetorical shift by gun-control advocates could help break it.
Editor’s Note
The Editors: Michael Tomasky introduces Issue #30
Build Bridges, Not Fortresses
Bruce Raynor & Andy Stern: Waiting for the workers to rise up isn’t a new idea—it’s the same idea that got labor into its mess in the first place. A response to Rich Yeselson.
Letters to the Editor
Democracy Readers: Letters from our readers
Life of the Party
Ethan Porter: Party platforms don’t matter—but they can, and they should. A platform-writing process that included party faithful could energize our politics.
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Democracy Podcast: There Will Be Oil
Jack Meserve: Introducing our latest feature: Democracy: A Podcast of Ideas. In the inaugural episode, Jason Bordoff, one of the nation’s leading experts on energy, joins host Jefferson Smith to discuss his essay, “There Will Be Oil,” from our Summer 2013 issue. Bordoff argues that the United States is energy rich, but is still guided by policies that assume the opposite.
The Vital Role of Medicaid in American Health Care
Colleen M. Grogan: Many voters do not yet understand what is included in the Affordable Care Act signed into law by President Barack Obama in March 2010. They might be surprised to learn that the expansion of Medicaid is a major part of Obamacare.
How Government by the Privileged Distorts Democracies
Nicholas Carnes and Noam Lupu: Compared to the constituents they represent, presidents, Supreme Court justices, members of Congress, governors, and state legislators—even city council members—all tend to be significantly wealthier, more educated, and disproportionately from white-collar occupations. Class disconnects between leaders and citizens trouble many Americans, and research shows that they seriously tilt economic policy toward the wealthy
Tomasky Appears on “NOW with Alex Wagner”
MSNBC: On Wednesday, September 25, Democracy editor Michael Tomasky appeared on MSNBC’s “NOW with Alex Wagner” to discuss the politics of the Affordable Care Act and Republican opposition to its implementation.
Obama Pushes “Middle-Out Economics”; Media Cite Democracy Role
Democracy: A Journal of Ideas: In a July 24 speech at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, President Obama made the case for “middle-out economics” — the very subject of our Summer 2013 symposium, “The Middle-Out Moment.”
Sen. Warren Celebrates CFPB Anniversary with Democracy
Democracy: A Journal of Ideas: Sen. Elizabeth Warren delivered a keynote address at a Democracy and CFED Policy Forum celebrating the two-year anniversary of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), an idea that she first introduced in the Summer 2007 issue of Democracy.

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