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Quarterly Journal of The American Institute for Progressive Democracy: Issue #38

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Quarterly Journal of The American Institute for Progressive Democracy


April 2019 - June 2019 Issue 38

By Lewis Wickes Hine

From the Editor

I have no significant news to write for this issue. It will be noticed that attention is shifting to the crucial 2020 elections and that more and more of what people are writing has some connection to what is to be read, thought and done prior to then. Most of the essays here can be easily fitted into your preparation for that major event in American history.

Notes on Contributors

Clayton Becker is a student at Columbia University studying Economics and Political Science. His main research interests are domestic public policy and electoral design & mechanics.

Bob Gerecke (BG), a retired financial administrator, is a frequent contributor to Progressive Democracy making highly original suggestions about how things might be done differently in our economy and lives.

Ivan Light is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at UCLA. He has written about immigration issues for years, earning expert status in the field of sociology.

Merrill Ring (MR) after a long career as a professor of philosophy now spends much of his retired years engaged in political work, chiefly with political ideas.

Andy Winnick is now Emeritus Professor of Economics and Statistics, California State University Los Angeles. He has been a staff economist at the Council of Economic Advisors. He is the President of the American Institute for Progressive Democracy.

After the 2018 elections: What are the emerging policy areas in which Progressive Democrats are (or should be) working?

By Andy Winnick

A sweeping overview of what we on the Progressive left need to support and, for those in power, to do in domestic policy beginning right now. This program needs to be taken to heart.

Pretending Rights are Privileges: Just Another Day in American Healthcare

By Clayton Becker

While the argument about whether health care is a right (the left says it is a right) or a privilege continues, Becker argues that in practice we have settled the issue: we have already recognized in the law that people have a right to health care in certain circumstances and that there is no moral difference between those cases and people’s normal circumstances.

Socialism: A Primer for the 2020 Election: Part I

Socialism: A Primer for the 2020 Election: Part I

By Merrill Ring

It must be confessed that only the first part of the primer is published here – most of what will follow it hasn’t even been written yet. By the next issue of Progressive Democracy the entire thing will be finished – and the reminder will then be published in this journal.

So read this – even if it stops just when the major topics begin – and wait for the next issue.

From the Archives: Beyond Regulation vs Deregulation (Issue #9) and Regulation, Incomes and Prosperity (Issue #15)

By Ivan Light

We American progressives aim to overcome the conservative drive to leave businesses free to do as they will. Public good cannot be served that way. But we also need to propose mechanisms to sort out desirable from undesirable regulations. Perhaps the conservative rant against regulations as such could be softened if there were some administrative court for businesses to plead their case against specific regulations.

Scott Walker’s Very Bad Analogy

By Merrill Ring

Was it ignorance or dishonesty?

Recently defeated and so now former Wisconsin governor Scott Walker has been thoroughly discredited for his inability to understand Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s proposal that when someone makes more than $10 million, the applicable income tax rate should be 70%.


(1) Why Must There be Laundry Lists and Not Defense of Values? (MR)
(2) Taxing Wealth (BG)
(3) Disruptors and Collaborators (MR)

How to be A Congressperson

By Merrill Ring

Despite remarks to the contrary, the idea that an elected official can have an impact not by crafting pieces of legislation but by talking, by saying what needs to be said, is very important to having major political significance.

Barbara Aswad: Mother, Social Justice Advocate, Professor

Barbara Aswad, professor emeritus of anthropology at Wayne State University and tireless advocate for immigrants and low-income Americans, died on November 30, 2017 after a brief illness. She was 80 years old.

Submission Guidelines

Having developed far enough to expand our ‘stable’ of writers to those not on the TAIPD board or connected thereto and so to ask others to submit appropriate material for publication here, it is important to develop and explain guidelines.

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