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Thinking Big by Nathaniel Loewentheil, James Lardner

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Foreword

Robert Kuttner

ACRISIS is also an opportunity. The financial collapse has not only pushed America into a deep recession. It has also discredited the dominant right-wing ideology that claims markets can do no wrong and that we’re all on our own. And the need to prevent a crash from becoming a second great depression allows us to think big. Large-scale social investment suddenly becomes politically possible because it is economically urgent. When Congress, in three weeks, can find $700 billion for Wall Street, it no longer seems utopian to ask, Where is that kind of money for the rest of America?

For the past three decades, America has become a more precarious place for most of its citizens. Government has done less, when it should ...

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