Center for American Progress

: The Moral Center and the Politics of Values
Past Event

The Moral Center and the Politics of Values

12:30 - 2:00 PM EDT

For the last several years, political and public policy discussions have inevitably moved to values. Unfortunately, divisive conservative messages and ballot initiatives have often dominated the discussion. Rather than discussion that exploits popular moral anxiety, David Callahan argues in The Moral Center that as conservatives veer into zealotry, liberals can find common ground with the moderate majority. But liberals need a powerful new vision that reflects the true American center, focused on how market forces are undermining our values. Callahan outlines a strong progressive agenda that addresses the concerns of parents, families and all those concerned with a sense that our values are being undermined by the broader culture and economy.

Building Red America: The New Conservative Coalition and the Drive for Permanent Power
Thomas Edsall, author of Building Red America argues that the realignment taken up by the Right is on an unprecedented scale. The Right’s concentration of new cultural apparatuses such as the media and the academy that solidify their reign over political dominance is destroying our Democracy. Edsall offers fresh new insight into how we can prevent this grandiose consolidation of political power and reclaim the moral center.

Featured Panelists:
David Callahan, author of The Moral Center and Senior Fellow at Demos, a public policy center based in New York City
Thomas Edsall, Special Correspondent for The New Republic and author of Building Red America: The New Conservative Coalition and the Drive For Permanent Power
Amy Sullivan, Contributing Editor to The Washington Monthly
and author of a forthcoming book on religion and politics
Moderated by:
Neera Tanden, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Center for American Progress