The Optimistic Leftist

The Optimistic Leftist

Why the 21st Century Will Be Better Than You Think

Book - 2017
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"The left is likely to dominate the 21st century, and there is little the right can do about this except adapt. This seems counter-intuitive in light of the modest success the left has enjoyed since the great financial crisis of 2008-09. Though Democrats have done well in recent presidential elections, progressives have found themselves unable to move their most important policies forward, suffering through an endless series of battles with a determined and extreme Republican party. This has only been exacerbated by stunning Republican gains in recent congressional elections. But this short-sighted perspective overemphasizes the role of crisis and underestimates the role of long-term fundamental change. Ruy Teixeira's The Optimistic Leftist takes a look at the structural and economic shifts remaking advanced societies and shows that the left is in a far better position to advance its agenda than the right. Eventually, the right will be forced to play on the left's terms to be competitive. This is because only the left has growing, not declining, coalitional strength and only the left is willing to confront and solve capitalism's "Piketty problem" (a vicious cycle of rising inequality, stagnating living standards and slowing economic growth) by building a new equitable-growth "opportunity state.""-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, St. Martin's Press,, 2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250089663
1250089662
Characteristics: xiii, 256 pages ; 22 cm

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garnetgyre
Jun 16, 2017

The "review" from last year is not a review of the book as the person said they didn't even read it. Not useful and should not be here.

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StarGladiator
Nov 23, 2016

I haven't read this book yet, and frankly don't plan on it, as the author is with the Center for American Progress, which anyone who has bothered reading all those leaked emails and Wall Street speeches realizes, was solely focused on getting rightwinger, Hillary Rodham Clinton, elected!
The Clintons aren't and weren't about the Left - - just pushing austerity on the masses for their Wall Street money masters the same way the Bushes were and are - - no differences!
The result of not marketing a real left or progressive candidate has resulted in Donald Trump - - thank you C.A.P. minions!

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