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


Quitters Prosper

One fix we can implement that could help wage growth: allow workers who quit their jobs to collect unemployment insurance.

By Nick Bunker

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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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


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


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


Who Are Trump's Supporters?

Donald Trump’s boosters are examples of a phenomenon that the late Seymour Martin Lipset termed “working class authoritarianism.”

By Jordan Michael Smith

The Alcove

Foreign Policy and the Fear of Boredom

Michael Ignatieff worries that liberalism devolves into mere "managerial quietism" unless it is on a crusade. But there are worse things than some peace and quietism.

By Jordan Michael Smith

The Alcove

More Turmoil at the New Republic

A year after hiring someone to "break shit" at the New Republic, Chris Hughes finally does.

By Nathan Pippenger


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