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Economic Insecurity, American Values, & the Politics of Resentment in the 2016 Election

The 2016 election has been a stunning departure from recent Presidential elections, with deep divisions in both parties and widespread skepticism that those in power have any interest or ability to make meaningful reforms. Are the anger, resentment, racial animus, and pessimism that have become so pervasive reflective of economic insecurity, or are there other forces at work as well? Do the dramatic changes in the U.S. economy, culture, technology, demographics, and politics reflect a fundamental shift in American values? Do they need to be restored or refashioned as a predicate for addressing economic insecurity and inequality?

On Tuesday, October 18, the 2016 Economic Security Summit opened with a thought-provoking panel conversation that brought together a distinguished and diverse array of voices that delved into the economic forces shaping the upcoming election.


Stan Greenberg
Chairman and CEO, Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research

Jacob Hacker
Director, Institution for Social and Policy Studies

Heather McGhee
President, Demos

J.D. Vance
Author, Hillbilly Elegy and Principal, Mithril Capital Management, LLC

Moderated by…

Mickey Edwards
Director, Aspen Institute Rodel Fellowships in Public Leadership at the Aspen Institute

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Tue Oct 18, 2016
8:00pm - 9:30pm GMT+0000
Live Webcast from Aspen, CO