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Rebuilding for the Common Good

But the new economic paradigm is not just about big government — if anything, the public workforce has shrunk under Biden, with government employment as of January still 438,000 jobs short of its pre-pandemic peak. It’s more about a rethinking of the role of government in our lives and what it should be in a democratic society, says Janis. “Is the purpose of a new industrial policy just to inject money into the private sector — ‘Let them do their thing’ — or is the purpose to change people’s lives, create good jobs, create better and healthier communities, address historic racism and gender inequality and poverty?”

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