Book Forum

The New New Left: How American Politics Works Today

(Ivan R. Dee, 2005)

July 20, 2005 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM EDT


Featuring the author, Steven Malanga, Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute; with comments by David Lublin, American University; and moderated by John Samples, Director, Center for Representative Government, Cato Institute.

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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.