Here are two video talks on the 2012 election, one from Jonathan Alter on the critical importance of the 2012 presidential election, and a panel discussion of authors from The Nation on the role of progressives in this election cycle.
This is interesting and important stuff. I agree with Alter that this presidential election will determine where we head as a nation for the next couple of decades - the renegotiation of the American Social Contract.
Author and columnist Jonathan Alter argues that the question in the 2012 presidential election is whether the country will stay on a centrist course with Obama or make a sharp turn to the right with Romney. He says that because few votes may be won by discussing the poor, the American social contract is rarely discussed but he feels it is on the line. Series: "Walter H. Capps Center Series" [10/2012]
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A conversation about the role of progressives in the next election. How do we balance support for the Democrats with the need to mobilize grassroots support for social and economic causes? How do we determine priorities for strained resources? What should we be seeking from a second term Obama administration? Audience questions to follow conversation.
Featuring Nation contributors:
Moderated by Richard Kim, Executive Editor, The Nation
- Katrina vanden Heuvel, Editor, publisher, The Nation
- John Nichols, Washington correspondent, The Nation
- Chris Hayes, MSNBC host
- Ilyse Hogue, political strategist
- Patricia J. Williams, Professor of Law, Columbia University
THE NEW SCHOOL FOR PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT
Sponsored by The New School and The Nation.
Location: Tishman Auditorium, Alvin Johnson/J. M. Kaplan Hall
Wednesday, October 17, 2012 7:00 p.m.