The American Heartbreak

Fall 2017


  • An American Way for America Now

    Paul Starr

    Why the country needs a Democratic party that knows it needs white working-class voters


  • When Soft Power Salutes Despots

    Mark Goldberg

    American diplomacy once leaned against aspiring dictators. Trump eggs them on. How much global influence does the U.S. really have—for good or evil?
  • Low Unemployment Doesn't Increase Wages Like It Used To

    Harold Meyerson

    Full employment is still necessary, but rebuilding the middle class also requires dethroning shareholders and boosting worker power. 
  • It Will Take More Than Single Payer to Make Baltimore Healthy

    Jim Grossfeld

    More than access to health care, the ongoing legacies of Jim Crow diminish African Americans' health and longevity. 
  • Weakening Medicaid From Within

    Sara Rosenbaum

    The Trump administration is poised to misuse its legal authority in an effort to cull people from the Medicaid rolls.


  • How She Lost

    Stanley Greenberg

    Malpractice cost Clinton the election, but her ambivalence on big issues was produced by big structural factors that affect all Democrats.  
  • Where the Republican Party Began

    Ronald Brownstein

    Sidney Blumenthal's new volume in his biography of Lincoln explores the role of leadership in the remaking of American politics in the 1850s.
  • Can Love Conquer Hate?

    Jabari Asim

    Will the increasing prevalence of intermarriage lead to broader empathy and understanding?


  • The American Heartbreak
    The American Heartbreak

    Despair Is Not an Option

    Randall Kennedy

    The Trump presidency is not the end of the American story.
  • The American Heartbreak

    What Will It Take for Black Lives to Matter?

    Todd Gitlin

    Nonviolent, cross-racial coalitions are the only way back to a decent America.
  • The American Heartbreak

    White Nationalism and Economic Nationalism

    Robert Kuttner

    How a progressive economic program could Make America Great Again—without the racist tinge.
  • Unfriendly Skies

    David Dayen

    It's time to admit that airline deregulation has failed passengers, workers—and economic efficiency. 
  • Real Tax Reform: What It Is and What It Isn’t

    Jared Bernstein

    Trump’s proposed tax cuts, mostly on corporations and the wealthy, will do nothing to help the people who elected him president.
  • The Freedom Caucus’s Man on the Inside

    Justin Miller

    Mick Mulvaney has his dream job as director of OMB. Given the general chaos in Trump-world, what can he make of it?
  • Not Britain's Finest Hour

    Denis MacShane

    If Brexit actually happens, those most harmed will be the people who voted for it. How did Britain get into such a mess, and how might she yet muddle out of it?
  • France and Germany: An Aging Couple Carries On

    Arthur Goldhammer

    Merkel and Macron need each other, as emblems of a still vital European center. But can Macron deliver more than symbols, and will Merkel take her foot off Europe’s oxygen hose?
  • The Proselytizers and the Privatizers

    Katherine Stewart

    How religious sectarian school voucher extremists made useful idiots of the charter school movement
  • Fossil-Free Finance

    Manuel Madrid

    The surprising successes of the divestment movement as an anti-carbon organizing strategy
  • Desegregated, Differently

    Rachel M. Cohen

    Half of Hartford's school kids attend integrated schools, thanks to a legal strategy that might work elsewhere. 
  • Slaying the Partisan Gerrymander

    Sam Wang & Brian Remlinger

    With extreme gerrymanders on the rise, it is time for the Supreme Court—and the states—to curb a practice that has gotten out of control.
  • Francis Revives the Workers' Church

    John Gehring

    The Catholic Church in America—once an ally of workers and their unions—grew deferential to big money in recent decades. Now, prompted by the Pope, a new generation of labor priests and bishops is trying to change that.
  • White Nationalism and Economic Nationalism

    Robert Kuttner

    Democrats can't compete with Bannon on racism—and shouldn't—but they can certainly outdo him when it comes to good jobs.
  • Not Britain’s Finest Hour

    Denis MacShane

    If Brexit actually happens, those most harmed will be the people who voted for it. How did Britain get into such a mess, and how might she yet muddle out of it?