The Monitor, Sept/Oct 2019

Election 2019: Thinking Bigger, Demanding Better
September 3, 2019
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The pollster Nik Nanos claimed in June that climate change would be “one of the defining battle grounds” this election. “More important than jobs, more important than health care, more important than immigration.” In July, Abacus Data put climate change in third spot behind health care and cost of living, the latter an important issue (with the environment) for the two-thirds of voters from the millennial and gen-X cohorts. If the polls are right, and those public attitudes hold, parties may be judged not on their ability to manage the economy, but on their plans to transform it.

As we did in 2015, this special election issue of the Monitor presents some big, transformative ideas for democratizing, de-carbonizing and de-colonizing our economy, alongside expert assessments of the current government’s record and critical takedowns of right-wing propaganda—about immigration, equalization and deficits in particular—distracting voters from the real issues. As CCPA economist Sheila Block puts it, "a debate [this election] about who can spend less in government is the last thing we need.”

Here's a sample of what you'll find in the issue:

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Cover illustration by Amy Thompson.