Skip to main content

The triumph of progressivism: Graduation 2013 and 1968

Robert Reich, professor of public policy | May 14, 2013

Many of you soon-to-be college graduates are determined to make the world a better place. Some of you are choosing careers in public service or joining nonprofits or volunteering in your communities. But many of you are cynical about politics. You see the system as inherently corrupt. You doubt real progress is possible. “What chance … Continue reading »

Occupy 2012: Another 1968?

Claude Fischer, professor of sociology | February 6, 2012

The 1968 presidential election was pivotal. It was also extremely close. Democratic Vice-President Hubert Humphrey lost to Republican candidate Richard Nixon by 0.7% of the popular vote; Humphrey lost several big states by less than 2 or 3%. That loss ended the most progressive eight-year period in American history since the New Deal — voting … Continue reading »