Going Big: FDR's Legacy, Biden's New Deal, and the Struggle to Save Democracy
With history and the extraordinary parallels between Biden and FDR as his guide, the veteran political analyst diagnoses what's at stake for America in 2022 and beyond Joe Biden has found his way back to Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal. After four decades of diminishing prospects for ordinary people, the public likes what Biden is offering. Yet American democracy is in dire peril as Republicans, increasingly the national minority, try to destroy democracy in order to cling to power. It is the best of times and the worst of times. In Going Big, bestselling author and political journalist Robert Kuttner assesses the promise and peril of this critical juncture.
Biden, like FDR in his time, faces multiple challenges. Roosevelt had to make terrible compromises with racist legislators to win enactment of his program. Biden, to achieve the necessary governing coalition, needs to achieve durable multiracial coalitions. Roosevelt had to conquer fascism in Europe; Biden must defeat it at home. And after four decades of neoliberal policy disasters reflecting Wall Street's political influence, Biden needs to go beyond what even FDR achieved, to restore a democratic economy of broad possibility.
From a writer with an unparalleled understanding of the history and politics that have made this moment possible, this book is the essential guide to what is at stake for Joe Biden, for America, and for our democracy.
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Praise for Going Big:
"A lively mélange of history, politics and progressive playbook."
--The New York Times Book Review "A cogent reminder of the importance of federal policy, presidential leadership, and the elusiveness of economic justice."
--Publishers Weekly "The latest from one of the most tenacious and principled journalists in American politics has arrived at just the right moment. This should be required reading among Democrats in Washington and across the country. "
--Heather McGhee, New York Time bestselling author of The Sum of Us "As Joe Biden might put it, Going Big is a BFD--one with an urgent, essential, and ultimately hopeful message. If I could convince the president to read just one book at this perilous moment, this would be it. "
--Jacob S. Hacker, Stanley Resor Professor of Political Science, Yale University, and co-author of Let Them Eat Tweets "Robert Kuttner is a modern Tom Paine who explains brilliantly the frightening crisis we face and then offers a remarkable, bracing, impassioned prescription for salvation and, indeed, renewal. Spreading the word about Going Big is absolutely imperative. "
--Randall Kennedy, Michael R. Klein Professor, Harvard Law School, and author of New York Times 2021 Notable Book Say It Loud "Can Joe Biden and the Democrats take a page from Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal to 'go big' and thereby reconstruct America and its politics? Robert Kuttner, the nation's most perceptive critic of the predatory capitalism that so bedevils us, answers with a resounding and insightful YES!"
--Nelson Lichtenstein, Distinguished Professor, University of California, Santa Barbara, and author of State of the Union