The 2012 election is about the forces of the Regressive versus those of the Progressive, explains Nation contributor Robert Reich in this video. American history over the past century has been made by progressives—those who believe in human rights and social justice. Meanwhile the Regressives—the Romneys and Roves and Santorums—would return America to the nineteenth century, before it became a more equitable society. Reich describes exactly what’s at stake in this election and how Regressives cannot be allowed to pull the country backwards.

Don’t miss Reich’s article “Mitt Romney and the New Gilded Age” in this week’s double issue.

—Max Rivlin-Nadler