The Magazine

  • Vol. 27 No. 3
    Summer 2016



    • Meanwhile, Back on Most Campuses

      Eyal Press

      The focus on extreme political correctness at Oberlin and other elite colleges risks obscuring what less privileged undergraduates are dealing with.
    • Papa’s Not a Rolling Stone: Low-Income Men and Their Children

      Natasha J. Cabrera & Ron Mincy

      Kids benefit when their dads make more time for them. Try doing it while juggling two or three minimum-wage jobs.
    • Solar Eclipse?

      Joan Fitzgerald

      Can the U.S. have a coherent solar policy in the face of China’s strategic trade moves?


    • When Liberalism Came Apart

      Julian E. Zelizer

      Two new books about the late 1960s provide grist for thinking about political turbulence today. 
    • Swept Away in the Sixties

      Todd Gitlin

      What did the era amount to? One thing is certain: It wasn’t a revolution. 
    • How America Grew—and Grew Unequal

      Eric Rauchway

      Today’s inequality has more to do with historical accident and political power than economic efficiency.
    • Using American Power Prudently

      Lawrence Korb

      Our core national-security interests and the limits of military force. 


    • What Is Hillary Clinton’s Agenda?

      Paul Starr

      She’s had so much to say on so many issues that voters may not know what she wants to accomplish.
    • The First Post-Middle-Class Election

      Harold Meyerson

      The politics of downward mobility and racial diversity have eroded the center, pushing Democrats to the left and Republicans toward an authoritarian right.
    • Blue Cities, Red States

      Abby Rapoport

      As cities have moved left and states have moved right, the conflicts between them have escalated.
    • Special Report: The New Labor Economy

      Confronting the Parasite Economy

      Nick Hanauer

      Why low-wage work is bad for business—and all of us.
    • Special Report: The New Labor Economy

      On Demand, and Demanding Their Rights

      Steven Greenhouse

      Gig workers in the Uber economy are organizing to win more say over their jobs—and writing a new chapter in American labor history.
    • Special Report: The New Labor Economy

      Reframing the Minimum-Wage Debate

      David Howell

      Why “no job loss” is the wrong standard for setting the right wage floor. 
    • Special Report: The Immigrant Factor

      How Asian Americans Became Democrats

      Karthick Ramakrishnan

      The last two decades have seen a major shift in the party preferences of Asian Americans, but they’re still not deeply engaged in civic life.
    • Special Report: The Immigrant Factor

      Is This the Year of the Latino Voter?

      Eliza Newlin Carney

      Latinos have had some of the lowest voter turnout rates, but this November—with unprecedented mobilization campaigns and the specter of a Trump presidency—may be different.
    • Special Report: The Immigrant Factor

      Don’t Assume Trump’s Bias is Mere Bluster

      Sasha Abramsky

      How the Republican nominee could bar Muslim immigrants. 
    • Special Report: The Immigrant Factor

      Arizona’s Blue Horizons

      Nathalie Baptiste

      With increasing Latino activism, once-Republican Arizona is becoming contested terrain, though registration still lags. Will this be the year?
    • Special Report: The Immigrant Factor

      How 'They' Become 'We'

      Michael Fix

      Here’s what America does well in integrating immigrants and what we could do better—unless anti-immigrant passions take over.
    • Trump and the Racial Politics of the South

      Kevin O'Leary

      The legacy of slavery and segregation creeps northward.
    • A Just Transition for U.S. Fossil Fuel Industry Workers

      Robert Pollin & Brian Callaci

      A combination of better jobs and pensions will remove one and it’s the right thing to do.
    • Liberal Governor, Divided Government

      Rachel M. Cohen

      Pennsylvania’s Tom Wolf, among the nation’s most progressive governors, has been checked by the most right-wing legislature in state history—but there are always executive orders.
    • Philly’s New Mayor

      Jake Blumgart

      How many progressive changes can Jim Kenney bring to an old-style city with an antique political culture?
    • The Subtle Force of Tom Perez

      Justin Miller

      The labor secretary, a son of Dominican immigrants, has used his power to make real gains for workers—so successfully that he’s become a vice presidential prospect.

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