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Apocalyptic Anti-Intellectualism in the Age of Trump
April 20, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Author and journalist Christian Parenti will give a talk examining the apparent inability of American economic and policy elites to address the multiple systemic crises facing global capitalism. The country has a president that neither major party wanted, yet neither could stop him. Rich and self-satisfied, yet facing the greatest challenge in their history, American elites appear more short-sighted and incompetent than ever. What caused this? And, most importantly, what are we to make of the Left’s response to this crisis? Is our intellectual practice sophisticated enough to meet these challenges? Or, are we slipping into cargo-cult style wishful thinking and moral posturing? Parenti’s talk will unpack the economic history of America’s rise and its slow, corrupt decline. Drawing on his work as a journalist reporting from conflict zones, and on his research into the economic history of American capitalism, Parenti will explore how the US could be rediscovering its own overlooked traditions of state planning and public investment to drive the economic and social transformations necessary to face the greatest challenge ever, the climate crisis.