Smart Talk is a series of briefs focused on how to talk about the big economic challenges facing the American people.
In the wake of the worst economic calamity since the Great Depression, we are stuck in an economy which is not working for working people. Americans must decide if they want to go back to the failed conservative policies that drove us into this mess or continue on the path of reform. That is a crucial choice – but the fundamental reforms vital to creating an economy of shared prosperity are still largely missing in action. It will require activists and citizen movements to challenge the limits of the current debate.
We aim to help by providing tested and effective ways to talk about these broader reforms in the key economic debates you and the constituencies you work with face. This is an ambitious project. We’ll be learning as we go, and we need your feedback both on whether this is useful and how we can sharpen the arguments.