David Leonhardt has done just about everything at The New York Times. Today, he writes “The Morning,” The Times’ flagship AM newsletter. Prior to that, he was an opinion writer, a reporter and a podcast host. He’s also won a Pulitzer Prize.
And now he’s written a new book, “Ours Was the Shining Future: The Story of the American Dream.”
Leonhardt’s book examines modern economic history through the ideas of the New Deal’s architects, labor leaders like George Meany and Walter Reuther; and their intellectual opponents, conservatives like Milton Friedman and Robert Bork.
As Leonhardt tells that story, he says the Democratic Party has made a politically risky leftward turn away from blue collar voters and toward high-brow, progressive culture warriors.
And he has a warning for Democrats: their recent successes may be an illusion.
At the heart of Leonhardt’s history of the rise and fall of the American Dream is a story about how Democrats ceded the loyalties of the working class to Republicans by not paying