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Regressives and Progressives: A new brand of partisanship

This election is not merely about Republicans versus Democrats; the larger battle is between regressives and progressives. Regressives want to take this nation backward, progressives are determined to take this nation forward.

By Guest blogger / July 12, 2012

The White House presidential seal adorns President Obama's desk as pictured in this July 2012 file photo. Robert Reich believes this election is about more than Republicans versus Democrats, it's about regressives versus progressives.

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It’s not merely Republicans versus Democrats, or conservatives versus liberals. The larger battle is between regressives and progressives.

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Robert is chancellor’s professor of public policy at the University of California at Berkeley. He has served in three national administrations, most recently as secretary of labor under President Clinton. Time Magazine named him one of the 10 most effective cabinet secretaries of the last century. He has written 13 books, including “The Work of Nations,” his latest best-seller “Aftershock: The Next Economy and America’s Future," and a new e-book, “Beyond Outrage.” His new movie, "Inequality for All," is available on Netflix. He is also a founding editor of the American Prospect magazine and chairman of Common Cause.

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Regressives want to take this nation backward — to before Social Security, unemployment insurance, and Medicare; before civil rights and voting rights; before regulations designed to protect the environment, workers, consumers, and investors. They want to sabotage much of what this nation has achieved over the last century. And they’re out to do it by making the rich far richer, turning Americans against one another in competition for a smaller and smaller slice of the pie, substituting private morality for public morality, and opening the floodgates to big money in politics. 

Progressives are determined to take this nation forward — toward equal opportunity, tolerance and openness, adequate protection against corporate and Wall Street abuses, and an economy and democracy that are working for all of us. 

The upcoming election is critical but it’s not the end of this contest. It will go on for years. It will require that you understand what’s at stake. And that you energize, mobilize, and organize others.

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