Wednesday Jan 27

Publisher's Note: Winter 2020

 

It’s appropriate that the final issue of Social Policy’s 50th year would have us looking forward to the future, rather than the past. More than fifty contributors in our special feature requesting advice—advice that comes close to demands – for the

new Biden Administration, responded with a a fascinating and incisive set of policy recommendations. Many focused on improving wages and responding to working-class concerns. Climate change was high on the list. Our contributors were wide-ranging and argued for change on medical debt, healthcare, infrastructure improvements, police reform, veterans, housing and economic policy, and more, as you’ll read. Save us from asteroids, too, President Biden!

We also look at voter suppression and the ways secretaries of state are purging voters, and how they should do better, thanks to the report from the Voter Purge Project. Moshe ben Asher shares in a deep review and analysis of faith-based organizing and the values that do— or should—underly this school of organizing. Continuing our celebration of the work done over the last fifty years, somehow it seemed appropriate to reprint the 2008 piece

done by Peter Drier and David Moberg, when they looked at Barack Obama’s historic election in volume 38, number 4.

In our book reviews, Mike Miller reviews several books that look at the experience of the Industrial Areas Foundation. James Mumm’s review examines the intersection of capitalism and climate. And Bill Droel reviews Seeds of Justice, a book about church transformation.

In our columns, Phil Mattera reminds us that Pfizer has a record that must be remembered now, as the company tries to use the Covid-19 vaccine to turn a new leaf. Drummond Pike has his own recommendation for the new administration, and it includes raising the income gap on FICA payroll taxes and a warning about the Trump legacy of a sneak attack on Social Security. John Anderson catches us up Canadian politics, and in Backstory, I look at “narrative” campaigns.

To cap our 50th year, this is the longest issue that we’ve ever published. We love our readers. To end this terrible, historic year on a high note, we wish everyone a better and healthier new year.

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