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Issue: New Deal II: This Time It's Global

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Responses to Mark Schmitt's December cover story "The Audacity of Patience," Ben Adler's "Are Cows Worse Than Cars?" and a letter from Executive Editor Mark Schmitt. Read more

Departments

Many reformers hailed the 2008 election as a bright spot in the history of American democracy. Why? The revolutionary potential of small-donor democracy. Read more

Special Report

The Midwest Democracy Network put comprehensive democracy reform into practice. Read more

Special Report

Being a citizen should involve active participation in the governance process. Read more

Special Report

A democracy index could push states toward more ambitious electoral reforms. Read more

Special Report

Small reforms won't bring the system-wide change we need. Read more

Special Report

We stand on the threshold of a new age of democratic potential. Here's how to harness it. Read more

Special Report

Writing policy is easy. Making it work is hard. And when those who run government have no respect for the institutions, it's even harder. Read more

Books, Arts and Culture

Malcolm Gladwell's latest mixes some insights from social science with some compelling anecdotes. Unfortunately, the plural of "anecdote" is not "data." Read more

Books, Arts and Culture

Popular writers and scientists alike are trying to help readers understand climate change, but doing so requires new thinking about the scale of time. Read more

Books, Arts and Culture

A new era may be dawning in which artists, strongly supported by the president, will develop new forms of enduring art. Read more

Books, Arts and Culture

Consumer spending is unlikely to return to the levels it once reached, and so the economy will not recover until the government finds ways to invest in the common goods we all share. Read more

Columns

The president must begin reaching out to Congress to build support on key social issues right away. Read more

Columns

Economic crises force government to find entirely new ways to fix problems. These improvisations then live on as tools of policy. Read more

Columns

Liberals should not allow themselves to believe that the experience and competence of Obama's economic team are substitutes for true progressivism. Read more

Columns

To gain a true sense of Bush's legacy, we survey the systematic and politically motivated ways he undermined the federal government. Read more

Features

In the 1990s, reformers and academics worried about how to improve civic life. They didn't foresee that technology combined with party politics would renew civic engagement. Read more

Features

Meet Obama's budget guru, Peter Orszag. Read more

Features

The dismal state of the economy presents Obama with the chance not just to produce a recovery but to restore a more egalitarian society -- and a progressive majority. Read more

Features

The next New Deal won't work if it's only American. Fixing our economy will require fixing international systems. Read more

Features