What Is the Left to Do? - Rescheduled!
Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at 7:00 PM (EST)
New York, NY
Join publisher of Harper’s Magazine John R. MacArthur and journalist Tom Frank at the New York Society for Ethical Culture on Tuesday, December 4 for a discussion of liberalism in America, and what progressives can expect now that President Obama has been reelected for a second term. MacArthur and Frank will be joined by moderator Dr. Joseph Chuman for a vitally important conversation about the state of our democracy, and the obstructions that prevent any president from affecting truly progressive change.
In his new book, THE OUTRAGEOUS BARRIERS TO DEMOCRACY IN AMERICA, MacArthur argues that the American political system is rigged to keep the “mock” in “democracy,” explaining how this came to be, and what it means for the future of our country. Featuring case studies of candidates from Ned Lamont to Ralph Nader and taking a close look at the Chicago politics that spawned Barack Obama, MacArthur spares neither side of the political spectrum in a devastating exposé of the entrenched elites.
Buy a ticket to the event online and you'll receive a copy of the book and the current issue of Harper's Magazine!
Advance ticket: $20, includes a copy of The Outrageous Barriers to Democracy in America and the current issue of Harper's.
At the door: $10 suggested donation
John R. MacArthur is the president and publisher of Harper’s Magazine. An award-winning journalist, he has previously written for the New York Times, United Press International, the Chicago Sun-Times and the Wall Street Journal. He is also the author of the acclaimed books The Outrageous Barriers to Democracy in America, The Selling of Free Trade: NAFTA, Washington, and the Subversion of American Democracy, and Second Front: Censorship and Propaganda in the Gulf War. He lives in New York City.
Thomas Frank is the author of Pity the Billionaire, The Wrecking Crew, What's the Matter with Kansas?, and One Market Under God. A former opinion columnist for The Wall Street Journal, Frank is the founding editor of The Baffler and a monthly columnist for Harper's. He lives outside Washington, D.C.
Dr. Joseph Chuman has been the leader of the Ethical Culture Society of Bergen County, NJ since 1974. As an activist, Dr. Chuman has worked on behalf of human rights, civil liberties, and in opposition to the death penalty, as well as many other progressive causes. He has recently initiated a sanctuary program for asylum seekers detained at the Elizabeth Detention Center in Elizabeth, NJ.
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Melville House is an independent publisher located in Brooklyn, New York. It was founded in 2001 by sculptor Valerie Merians and fiction writer/journalist Dennis Johnson, in order to publish Poetry After 9/11, a book of material culled from Johnson’s groundbreaking MobyLives book blog. Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, the company remains dedicated to publishing books that are not beholden to the bottom line so much as to the effort to make the world a better place.