120 Minutes (or so) on the First 120 Days: Biden and the Left

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Early reviews of the Biden administration have generally been positive—from “better than expected” to “FDR-like” to “transformative.” But, pushing past the bromides, what does a critical assessment of the administration and its actions reveal? And, how can we understand not only the meaning and context of the administration’s policies, but also the position and prospects of the U.S. left? What tactics and strategies can it employ, in both the short- and the long term? Why should it be skeptical? Why might it be hopeful?

Join us, Wednesday, May 19th, for 120 Minutes (or so) on the First 120 Days: Biden and the Left, as BISR faculty Ajay Singh Chaudhary, Alyssa Battistoni, Suzanne Schneider, Adriana Garriga-Lopez, and Rafael Khachaturian and Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung’s Kazembe Balagun take the measure of the Biden administration, 120 days in, and ask, how ought the left to respond? Where do we go from here? Scrutinizing Biden’s actions and statements along multiple lines, including economy, labor, immigration, foreign policy, and climate, we will ask: What are we to make of the administration’s domestic policies—from the CARES Act to the PRO Act to its infrastructure and family plan proposals? How can we understand the increase in domestic spending and investment with respect to the administration’s aggressive foreign policy, particularly vis-a-vis China? (Are questions of “domestic” and “foreign” policy in fact so easily separable?) What kind of liberalism does the Biden administration represent—a throwback to LBJ and FDR, a continuation of Clinton-Obama, or the advent of something new? Finally, what does Biden, and the conditions in which he’s operating, mean for the U.S. left? Why are some so eager to applaud the administration? Is the left operating from a position of strength or weakness? What are realistic left goals, and how can it work to achieve them? 

120 Minutes (or so) on the First 120 Days is free to attend and will stream live to the BISR Facebook page. To receive a reminder and any updates, please RSVP below. 

Event Schedule

Wednesday, 6:30pm ET
May 19, 2021


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