Dana Goldstein

Dana Goldstein, a former associate editor and writer at the Prospect, comes from a family of public school educators. She received the Spencer Fellowship in Education Journalism, a Schwarz Fellowship at the New America Foundation, and a Puffin Foundation Writing Fellowship at the Nation Institute. Her journalism is regularly featured in SlateThe AtlanticThe NationThe Daily Beast, and other publications, and she is a staff writer at the Marshall Project. 

Recent Articles


THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT. As part of my day job at Campus Progress , I just heard a presentation from the Harvard Institute of Politics detailing the results of their most recent survey of 18 to 24-year olds. There was lots of encouraging news: Today�s young people are more likely than any other generation since the Vietnam era to vote and engage with politics, but are under-counted because exit polls tend to ignore campus polling places. On foreign policy, 75 percent of 18 to 24 year olds believe the United Nations, not the U.S., should take the lead in responding to international conflicts. And young people are positive about the cultural effects of globalization, but are more skeptical about its economic and environmental outcomes. Here are some other highlights from the survey: Young Democrats are more independent of their elders than young Republicans are. Like their older counterparts, 18-24 year old Republicans prefer Rudy Giuliani as the next president. But while older Democrats...


REMEMBER THE VALUES VOTERS? Was it really only two years ago that Democrats were beating themselves up over "values voters," those working class Americans who voted against their own economic interests because they were so grossed out by gay people and in love with fetuses? Back then, many progressives believed we could never again rise to the majority without making serious compromises on the key civil rights issues of choice and LGBT equality. But this week, in an article about Republicans' lack of faith in their own presidential aspirants, The New York Times ' Adam Nagourney and John M. Broder reported that it's now Republicans , not Democrats, who fear the grip divisive social issues have on their party's presidential prospects. Alan K. Simpson , a former Republican senator from Wyoming, said the party's presidential candidates were being whipsawed as they tried to appeal to conservative voters who have a history of strong views on issues like abortion and gay rights. "These tests...


THAT OLD HOUSE. Home ownership creates wealth, and long-term renting is akin to flushing money down the toilet. Right? Well, think again. A study by The New York Times 's David Leonhardt finds that the benefits of renting aren't exclusive to the sub-prime exurban buyers who can't afford their mortgages. In every major metropolitan area, including New York and D.C., home prices would have to make an unlikely rise of between 4 and 5 percent annually for a buyer to break even after five years, which is the average length of time recent homeowners have stayed put. Over the same five-year period, renters were projected to spend far less on overall housing costs. There are other economic benefits to renting. Research shows that across the United States and Europe, regions with high homeownership rates also have higher unemployment. It makes perfect sense when you think about it: Tying yourself down to a home means you're less likely to accept a new job in another city. You're also more...


FAMILY VALUES. A current plot line on ABC's hit show "Ugly Betty" (the most progressive show on network television ) involves the travails of Ignacio Suarez , a Queens retiree with heart problems and no health insurance who is at risk of deportation even though his two daughters and grandson are all American citizens. Pegged to the recent up tick in workplace raids, today The Washington Post reports on some of the real-life families facing this dilemma. A few dozen brave kids are even lobbying on Capitol Hill for their parents' rights to remain in the country in which they've worked, paid taxes, bought real estate, and raised children. But it's curious that reporter N.C. Aizenman writes, "Until recently, their parents' illegal status had limited impact on these children's lives." Although a number of private companies are willing to provide more financially secure illegal immigrants with services ranging from mortgages to health insurance, non-pregnant illegal immigrants and...


FLIP-FLOPPER. In 2001, John McCain talked to John Edwards, Tom Daschle, Harry Reid, Ted Kennedy , and other Democrats about leaving the Republican Party, The Hill reports this morning, but abandoned the idea when Vermont Senator Jim Jeffords left the GOP and declared himself an Independent. The story is confirmed by former Rep. Tom Downey (D-NY), Daschle, and �a source close to Edwards.� To some swing voters, this news will likely help to harden the ridiculous myth of �maverick� McCain. But this is a great weapon for McCain�s GOP rivals. What grassroots conservative wants to vote for an almost-Democrat? --Dana Goldstein