The Magazine

  • Vol. 29 No. 2
    Spring 2018



    • What Now for Unions?

      Harold Meyerson

      Republicans on and off the bench are moving to kill unions. But millennials—the most pro-union generation since the 1930s—may yet find a way to organize.
    • Turning the Southwest Blue with “Brown and Beautiful” Millennials

      Cristina Tzintzún & Manuel Pastor

      Want to flip Texas and Arizona? Nearly one million Latino citizens turn 18 every year.
    • Puerto Rican Refugees and the Elusive Blue Wave

      Manuel Madrid

      Emigres from the island could be recruited to the Democratic camp, but will progressive organizing defeat right-wing money that ties relief to recruiting?



    • Martin Luther King Jr: The Prophet as Healer

      Randall Kennedy

      Whether by example or by strategy, Dr. King always looked for opportunities to build bridges.
    • Robert F. Kennedy: Teachings for Today

      Peter Edelman

      RFK had an uncanny capacity to reach across racial lines. He learned by listening and empathizing.
    • How the Globalists Ceded the Field to Donald Trump

      Robert Kuttner

      Unless the mainstream offers something better, he will be the voice of economic nationalism.
    • How Not to Cover America

      Michael Massing

      As local newspapers shrink and many of the national media close local bureaus, we depend increasingly on coverage by reporters who parachute into communities. But even the best are likely to be a step behind events.
    • Catching a Breeze

      Derrick Z. Jackson

      America’s belated push to develop offshore wind energy
    • Mobility and Social Justice

      Connecting Public Transit to Great Manufacturing Jobs

      Steven Greenhouse

      Madeline Janis, who pioneered local hiring agreements, is now enlisting cities to have railcars and buses made in America—by union workers.
    • Mobility and Social Justice

      Moving People, Not Cars

      Joan Fitzgerald

      Dedicated lanes for bikes and buses are a great idea. But there is only so much city street to go around. The missing link? Limiting cars.
    • Mobility and Social Justice

      Ridesharing Versus Public Transit

      Steven Hill

      How Uber and Lyft tend to widen disparities of race and class in urban transportation systems
    • Mobility and Social Justice

      Putting the Public First in Public-Private Partnerships

      Gabrielle Gurley

      Public-sector competence is needed to make sure citizens get a good deal—and private vendors are no substitute for adequate public funding.
    • Sharing the Tech Wealth

      Jordan Ecker

      Tech jobs tend to cluster geographically. Can we spread the benefits around?
    • Why America Needs More Social Housing

      Peter Dreier

      Subsidizing market prices to make housing affordable is a losing strategy. There’s a better way—on display for a century in Vienna.
    • West Virginia Teachers Won Their Strike. Now, They’re Rebuilding the Local Economy.

      Kalena Thomhave

      How the American Federation of Teachers has taken the lead in reinvigorating the poorest county in the state
    • How to Keep Social Security Secure

      Henry Aaron

      Here’s a plan that eliminates the long-term shortfall in its finances and updates the system for the 21st century.

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