Co-author Ruy Teixeira here. I completely agree with you on the Dems having to step up their game in Rustbelt states and other areas where declining communities are common. You may want to read this article I did with a couple of co-authors on how the Democrats can reach white working class voters:
Co-author Ruy Teixeira here. I just wanted to second Pete’s point about the centrality and significance of continued technological advance. And to argue, contrary to some on the left, that what we need is more of it.
The left has a certain amount of faith in the conclusions of science (for example, on the basic facts of…
The point Pete and I are making is certainly not that California is a utopian paradise but rather that it progresses ahead of the rest of the country; and looking at where it is now in terms of political, economic and social dynamism, it will be quite a good thing when the rest of the country catches up with CA and leaves its current dysfunctional state behind.
The point about the Millennials and their centrality to the new politics that is emerging is key. Consider the political reverberations of Donald Trump's appalling reaction to the white supremacist violence in Charlottesville. Political analyst Ron Brownstein has flagged what could be the most important--and most negative--effect on the GOP: the…
Very interesting take on our article. I completely agree with you that the challenges we face are daunting — which is actually a very good reason for the left to acknowledge successes where they have been achieved so they can be built on. It’s a long struggle and we need all the leverage we can get.