Decision 2024: Our Parties, Our Politics

In this election season, we think ahead to a future one and ask: In 12 years, what will our parties and our politics look like? The Latino explosion; the rise of the millennials; the retirement of the boomers; the evolution—or not—of the GOP. Nine contributors examine how these and other factors will affect our ability to govern.

The Looming Showdown

Come next January, our dysfunctional system will have to function. Here’s one possible path toward an outside-the-box budget deal.

Why History Matters to Liberalism

If the Tea Party is to be believed, radical individualism has defined American history. But their story is wrong, and progressives must say so.

Still a Jungle

In an environment of drug-resistant pathogens and “pink slime,” why do the food industry and government place the onus for safety on consumers?


The Disappeared

Conservatives today deride moderate GOPers as “Republicans in Name Only.” But they used to matter—until the politics of passion overwhelmed them.

Notes from the Undercity

Katherine Boo’s new book documents the resourcefulness of Mumbai’s poor, even as it describes a nation incapable of lifting them up.

Failure Is an Option

Two scholars scan history to find that nations fall because once-open institutions become closed and corrupt. If this sounds ominous, it should.

Mère Knows Best

Is the American mother really a slave to her child? Is breast-feeding really anti-feminist? The newest salvos in the Mommy Wars, French edition.

Untamed Tiger

ExxonMobil acts like a nation-state unto itself. But we can’t expect it to change its ways until we do.

We Might Overcome

The stories of liberalism and radicalism are replete with great triumphs—and regular reminders of why the fight for change can be so exhausting.


Editor’s Note

Michael Tomasky introduces Issue #25.

The Forgotten Communitarian

Why are Bill Clinton’s contributions to restoring the language of civic obligation so regularly and casually overlooked? A response to James T. Kloppenberg.

Seeing Red

Yes, certain trends may favor Democrats. But there’s no denying how dramatically conservatives have shifted the national debate. A response to Larry M. Bartels.

Letters to the Editor

Letters from our readers

Revenue Neutered

Even when taxes were much higher than today, liberals were hesitant to tell the public why revenues were needed. This needs to change.