Tag: New Deal (1930’s)

The Useful Idealism of the Green New Deal

Amid the unceasing awfulness of the Trump administration, I’ve lately found comfort in the Yale political scientist Stephen Skowronek’s concept of “political time,” which has in turn informed my thinking about the almost utopian ambitions of the Green New Deal. Surveying the American presidency, Skowronek sees politics unfolding in cycles. Every so often, insurgent coalitions […]

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How the Left Embraced Elitism

Over the past generation, global capitalism has produced the greatest reduction in human poverty in history. Over the past 10 years, American capitalism has produced 20 million new jobs. The productive dynamism of capitalism is truly a wonder to behold. But economic growth alone is not enough. Growth alone does not translate into economic security […]

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Packing the Supreme Court Is a Terrible Idea

Packing the Supreme Court is back in the news. Frustrated with the rightward drift of the courts under President Trump, a growing number of liberals are contemplating the possibility of expanding the size of the Supreme Court should they regain power in 2020. Liberals are considering the bold step because, they argue, the rightward shift […]

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A Lesson for Kavanaugh From Another Tarnished Supreme Court Justice

Shortly after the president announced the nomination, rumors circulated that as a young lawyer in Alabama, Black had been a member of the Ku Klux Klan. The N.A.A.C.P. asked for an investigation, but a Senate Judiciary subcommittee rammed the nomination through to the full committee after two hours of consideration. One Democratic senator, William Dieterich […]

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