We dedicate this issue of Democracy to the issue of voting rights. How can progressives fight back against the new voter-suppression movement? And what positive agenda can we put forward to expand and strengthen the franchise? We invited Jonathan Soros, Mark Schmitt, Michael Waldman, Heather Gerken, Tova Wang, and Jeff Hauser to offer some new ideas.
Also in the issue: the esteemed social psychologist Jonathan Haidt takes a look at how and why Democrats and Republicans define fairness differently. Mark Kleiman of UCLA offers a definitive essay on what a smart, progressive crime policy should look like. And Michael Wahid Hanna scans the Middle Eastern landscape and assesses where the region is and where it’s going.
Elsewhere: Bill Burton on campaign-finance reality. Jane Mayer on our post-9/11 terror courts. Brad DeLong on the conservative hatred of the 47 percent. Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson on what primitive societies have to teach us. David Blight on the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. And Thomas Sugrue on the false dawn in Detroit.