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Thinking Big by Nathaniel Loewentheil, James Lardner

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PART 2 REALIZING OUR VALUES

THE foundational beliefs of the progressive movement contain compelling intellectual power and moral clarity. Throughout the last century, the movement cemented these ideas in the public consciousness. But reactionary forces fight on. Conservative forces maintain power through Byzantine election finance law and a dysfunctional electoral system. Debates over poverty and immigration scarcely conceal deep-seated prejudices of race and class. Our foreign policy—on agriculture, trade, and international governance—is narrow, shortsighted, and nationalistic. The Right constantly finds new ways to fight for old injustices.

As we confront the challenges of the twenty-first century, we cannot lose sight of the marginalized ...

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