The Arc of Policy Is Long But Bends Toward
what is most important to note about the United States’ social democratic
future is that it will not look dramatically different from the present day.
The United States will not become a progressive utopia; rather, it will become
a better version of its current self.
larger share of adults will be employed, although for many, the workweek will
be shorter and there will be more vacation days and holidays. Nearly all jobs
will be in the service sector, especially teaching, advising, instructing,
organizing, aiding, nursing, monitoring, and transporting; only around five
percent will be in manufacturing or agriculture. Most Americans will change
jobs and even careers more frequently than they do today. More Americans will
work in jobs with low pay, will lose a job more than once during their careers,
and will reach retirement age with little savings. Families, community
organizations, and labor unions might grow even weaker than they are now.
filling in the gaps in the public safety net, the federal government will
improve economic security, equal opportunity, and shared prosperity for most
Americans in spite of these changes. A social democratic America will be a
society with greater economic security and fairness. Its economy will be
flexible, dynamic, and innovative. Employment will be high. Liberty will be
abundant. Balancing work and family will be easier. Americans will pay higher
taxes than they currently do, but the sacrifice will be worth it, because they
will receive a lot in return.
United States has come a long way on the road to becoming a good society, but
it still has further to travel. Happily, its history and the experiences of
other rich nations show the way forward. One reason the United States is a much
better country today than it was a century ago is that the federal government
does more to ensure economic security, equal opportunity, and shared
prosperity. In the future, it will do more still, and the country will be
better for it.