Date01 February 2021
AuthorLueders, Bill

Despite the familiar chaos and horrific violence that marks the end of the Trump presidency, the Inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as the nations forty-sixth President and forty-ninth Vice President, respectively, represents a tremendous opportunity for the progressive movement and The Progressive magazine.

For the first time in what seems like an eternity, there is a chance to move the needle in the direction of a fairer, safer, and saner world. Our input and our advocacy matter more than ever.

That is why, in this issue, we turn our attention to asking what the new administration can accomplish, and how political progressives can help make that happen.

Our good friend John Nichols spells out, with crystal clarity, why retreating from progressive ideals would be a grave mistake for the new administration-similar to the mistakes that other Democratic administrations have made in the past:

"If Biden and Congressional Democrats do not reset their course quickly, a toxic mix of centrist messaging and policy compromises will prove to be a recipe for political disaster," he writes. "It will cost the party control of the House and Senate in 2022 and the presidency in 2024. It will also fail the American people at a time when there is a pressing, desperate need for bold responses to COVID-19, mass unemployment, the climate crisis, and the unanswered cries for racial justice."

The Reverend William J. Barber II gives his prescriptions for concrete steps that the country can take to address the problems of economic disparity. As he puts it, "We cannot afford the extreme inequality that is crippling American democracy."

Other writers sound similar calls to action, zeroing in on how Biden and Harris can, by being pushed from the left, deliver meaningful and systemic progressive reform. Sam Pizzigati looks at how a President who wasn't primarily interested in making the rich richer could reduce extreme economic inequity. Sharon Johnson explores the potential for curbing gun violence, at the federal level and in cities and states across the country. Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J.S. Davies see the possibility of a foreign policy that isn't driven by the Military-Industrial Complex.


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