Global Issues Book Group
The Global Issues Book Group, reads and discusses books on the vital Political, Economic, Environmental and Social issues that challenge humankind in the 21st Century.
Demagoguery and Democracy
What is demagoguery? Some demagogues are easy to spot: They rise to power through pandering, charisma, and prejudice.. But, as professor Patricia Roberts-Miller explains, a demagogue is anyone who reduces all questions to us vs. them.
Why is it dangerous? Demagoguery is democracy's greatest threat. It erodes rational debate, so that intelligent policymaking grinds to a halt. The idea that we never fall for it--that all the blame lies with them--is equally dangerous.
How can we stop it? Demagogues follow predictable patterns in what they say and do to gain power. The key to resisting demagoguery is to name it when you see it--to know where it leads.
"Approachable and complex, timely and timeless, and absolutely indispensable." -Ryan Skinnell assistant professor at San Jose State University
Tuesday, November 14th at 6:30 PM
Since 1865 and the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment, every time African Americans have made advances toward full participation in our democracy, white reaction has fueled a deliberate, relentless rollback of any gains. Carefully linking historical flashpoints--from the post-Civil War Black Codes to expressions of white rage after the election of America's first black president-Anderson renders visible the long lineage of white rage and the different names under which it hides. Compelling and dramatic in the unimpeachable history it relates, White Rage adds a vitall new dimension to the national conversation about race in America. Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award. Senator Al Franken says of the book, "There's a book called White Rage, by Carol Anderson, about a history that most Americans don't know: the history of oppression that African-Americans have faced from the Civil War to the present day. If every American read it, maybe we could really begin to have a real conversation about race in America, as opposed to the nationwide internet comment section we currently have."
Tuesday, January 9th at 6:30 PM
And the Weak Suffer What They Must?
In January 2105, Yanis Varoufakis was appointed finance minister of Greece and, in a whirlwind five months that followed, everything he had warned about-- the perils of the euro's family design, the European Union's shortsighted austerity policies, financialized crony capitalism, American complicity and rising authoritarianism--was confirmed. Here, Varoufakis delivers a fresh look at the history of Europe's crisis and presents the ultimate case against austerity, proposing concrete policies for Europe that are necessary to address its crisis and avert contagion to the rest of the world. His analysis in these pages predicted Brexit and the rise of the extreme right in Europe, keeping hism on the front lines of the ongoing debate about Europe, and the world's financial future. Jeffrey Sachs says, "An absolutely splendid book...The Thucydides of our time."
Tuesday, February 13th at 6:30 PM