Symposium

16 for ’16

With electoral thoughts dancing in our heads, we asked contributors to give us one idea—targeted, straightforward—for the next administration to pursue.

Austan Goolsbee & Newton Minow on a new Morrill Act • Anne-Marie Slaughter on reforming our national security bureaucracy • Juliette Kayyem on rethinking disaster relief • Marc Mauer on a 20-year maximum for prison sentences • and much more

By The Editors

Arguments

A New Kind of Public Works

It’s hard to imagine a more urgent national priority than modernizing America’s decrepit transportation and water systems and updating our energy-wasting electrical grid.

By Will Marshall

A strong middle class is a source of growth, not merely a result of growth.

How to Rebuild the Middle Class

By David Madland

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The Alcove

How Black Lives Matter Changed Liberal Politics

Today’s civil rights activists chastise the left for ignoring race in favor of a class-based politics. Their protest is being heard—and is changing liberalism.

By Kevin Mattson

Arguments

A New Kind of Public Works

It’s hard to imagine a more urgent national priority than modernizing America’s decrepit transportation and water systems and updating our energy-wasting electrical grid.

By Will Marshall

Arguments

Nothing Like Being There

MOOCS and other forms of online education are useful, but college students learn as many useful skills outside the classroom as in it.

By Stephen J. Rose

Arguments

Trump? Thank Goodness That's Over!

David Brooks delivers the good news: That nasty Trump business was barely more than a figment of our imagination.

By Nathan Pippenger

The Alcove

The Problem with Sanders Analogies

Bernie Sanders has been compared to Obama, George McGovern, even Bill Clinton. His ideas actually most resemble FDR's—but is his "political revolution" real?

By Kevin Mattson

The Alcove

Does Bernie Sanders Have an Immigration Problem?

A new piece in Commonweal shows that no one who understands Sanders's politics should be surprised to see him departing from common left-wing positions on immigration.

By Nathan Pippenger

Arguments

Will SCOTUS Bring About a Defining Moment in Latino Politics?

A setback for President Obama's deportation relief program could galvanize the next generation of Latino voters.

By Nathan Pippenger

Arguments

China: It's Worse Than You Think

Now that China has had its private debt binge, it is entering its bust phase—and the global economy is in for a bumpy ride.

By Richard Vague

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