The presidential campaign is heating up, and we need to be clear on what it should be about. Simply, it needs to be about what we call equitable growth. We must reverse the trends of inequality and wage stagnation. But we must do so not only in the name of fairness, but in the name of growth—a goal that the broad left has, in our view, too often subordinated to other concerns. We’ll be exploring these themes in subsequent issues.
Our Summer 2015 issue opens with a bang: Our lead piece, by Nick Hanauer and David Rolf, puts forward a fantastic big idea about how we can help provide security for workers in the new economy. They call for a “Shared Security System” that would make things like vacation time and sick leave portable across different jobs. There’s much more. Suffice it to say that the ideas in this piece deserve to be central to the election debate.
More great features: Ron Klain provides the second installment in our series on “Our Digital Future,” writing about how we can use the Internet to reduce inequality and create opportunity. The distinguished Harvard scholar and translator Arthur Goldhammer ponders the future of an anxious Europe. Michael Levi of the Council on Foreign Relations argues that, contrary to growing conventional wisdom, natural gas can still be part of the post-coal energy picture. And the writer Jim Sleeper urges us to reconsider the legacy of American Puritanism in a more positive light.
In the book review section, David Greenberg casts a skeptical eye on the movement to boycott Israel in academia; Kim Ghattas weighs in on Mona Eltahawy’s plea for women’s sexual freedom in the Arab world; Amanda Hollis-Brusky discusses the limits of the Supreme Court’s impact; and Adrianna McIntyre scrutinizes Steven Brill’s take on Obamacare. Finally, Geneive Abdo of the Stimson Center responds to F. Gregory Gause, III’s analysis of the politics of the Gulf states in the previous issue.