In Search of Progressive America
Recent survey research confirms that majorities of voters agree with policies historically labeled as progressive or liberal: increasing the minimum wage; providing high-quality, affordable health insurance for every American; making it easier for workers to join unions; transforming our energy production and consumption patterns; and using diplomacy and a mix of American powers to combat terrorism. But as a conservative presidential administration exits, how can progressives step into the breach? In Search of Progressive America presents ten essays by journalists, academics, and government insiders that address the current state of promise and debate within the Left in U.S. politics. The political atmosphere that confronts progressives still poses challenges, and the authors propose thoughtful ways to create a new political order by building an inclusive, durable coalition. The Center for American Progress hosted a lively discussion around the topics in this book with editor Michael Kazin and contributors Ezra Klein and Karen Kornbluh.