American politics has become a contest between those who benefit from an ever‐expanding public sector and those who pay for this bigger government—the tax eaters vs. the taxpayers. In The New New Left, Steven Malanga shows how coalitions of public employee unions, workers at government‐funded social service organizations, and recipients of government benefits have seized control of the politics of the big cities that make up the heart of Blue America. In New York City, this coalition has helped roll back some of the reforms of the Giuliani years. In California cities and towns, it is thwarting the expansion of private businesses. Come join us for a lively discussion of the “new new left” that is emerging as the most powerful element of the national Democratic Party coalition.