RC Book Club: A Discussion with Charles Wheelan, author of The Centrist Manifesto
Monday, April 7, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM (EDT)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Join CQ Roll Call and Hooks Books as they host Charles Wheelan for a book-signing event Monday, April 7th.
NEW LOCATION: Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital
Wine & Cheese will be served.
Complimentary copies of the book will be distributed on a first come first served basis.
The Centrist Manifesto
A vision—and detailed road map to power—for a new party that will champion America’s rational center.
From debt ceiling standoffs to single-digit Congress approval ratings, America’s political system has never been more polarized—or paralyzed—than it is today. As best-selling author and public policy expert Charles Wheelan writes, now is the time for a pragmatic Centrist party that will identify and embrace the best Democratic and Republican ideals, moving us forward on the most urgent issues for our nation.
Wheelan—who not only lectures on public policy but practices it as well (he ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 2009)—brings even more than his usual wit and clarity of vision to The Centrist Manifesto. He outlines a realistic ground game that could net at least five Centrist senators from New England, the Midwest, and elsewhere. With the power to deny a red or blue Senate majority, committed Centrists could take the first step toward giving voice and power to America’s largest, and most rational, voting bloc: the center.
“The challenges we have to deal with as a nation are entirely manageable,” Wheelan writes. “The key is to mobilize America’s inner pragmatism.”
“A pragmatic argument about moving politics away from polarities and toward the moderate middle, where the author feels most voters find themselves and most solutions can be negotiated… Leftists will have trouble swallowing his antipathy toward unions, while conservatives will find his positions on the environment and gay marriage suspect. But as he works his way through flash-point issues to consensus on abortion and guns, he strives for a rationality that all but ideologues can embrace. It’s a sign of the times that this sensible plea for moderation can seem so radical.”-- Kirkus Reviews
Charles Wheelan is the author of the internationally best-selling Naked Economics and Naked Statistics and a former correspondent for The Economist, and founder of The Centrist Party. He teaches public policy and economics at Dartmouth College and lives in Hanover, New Hampshire, with his family.
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