America in Tailspin: Steven Brill with Philip Howard
Where: New York Public Library—Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
476 Fifth Ave.
917-275-6975 Price: Free
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The award-winning journalist and best-selling author turns to the past in an effort to understand our troubled present—and discovers the people who are quietly struggling to create a brighter future.
Over the past half century, argues Steven Brill, values at the heart of American democracy have transformed themselves from national strengths into forces powering our decline. Major American institutions don’t deliver as they should; rifts between the vulnerable majority and the protected few grow wider; and principles such as meritocracy, innovation, due process, free speech, and the rule of law are weaponized against the people they were intended to serve.
In his new book, Tailspin, Brill asks how we ended up this way, finding answers in an erosion of responsibility and accountability, an epidemic of shortsightedness, an increasingly hollow economic and political center, and millions of Americans gripped by apathy and hopelessness. But among it all, there are people fighting for change, those working quietly and effectively to repair the damages. Brill will discuss this and more with civic leader and author Philip Howard.Buy tickets/get more info now