Listen to our conversation

On Sunday evening, 4o independents from 14 states joined our call to discuss THE CAUSE by Eric Alterman and Kevin Mattson.  Harry Kresky and Dr. Omar Ali joined me as discussants.  The book covers a mammoth swath of American history from FDR to Obama and traces the players and history of Liberalism.  If you missed the call you can still listen in.

Personally, this is a book that I am glad to have on my bookshelf, a reference I am sure to return to.  If you had a question or comment that you did not get to share on the call, please post a comment here.

Our next selection is Independents Rising: Outsider Movements, Third Parties and the Struggle for A Post-Partisan America, written by Jacqueline Salit.  The book hits bookstores on August 7th, but is available for pre-order now.

The book traces the history of the progressive wing of the independent movement from the Perot era through the present day.  Jackie offers a narrative of why 40% of Americans are independent of the two parties and what brings independent voters together.  The book is our story told by a master storyteller and a key national leader of the independent movement.

Stay tuned for reviews and news about the book.  In September, we’ll have our next conference call to discuss Independents Rising.

A sidenote:

One thing I enjoy in reading is discovering new words.  (Maybe that’s because I am learning to play scrabble!)  Here are some of my favorites from THE CAUSE with definitions from Merriam Webster and wikipedia:
belletrist—a writer of belles letters,  literary works valued more for their aesthetic qualities than for any informative or educational content.

anomie—social instability resulting from a breakdown of standards and values; also : personal unrest, alienation, and anxiety that comes from a lack of purpose or ideals.

revanchist—one who advocates a policy to recover lost territory or status.

oppobrium—something that brings disgrace.


New Book Club Selection

Hello everyone.  Here is our next book club selection:  The Cause: The Fight for American Liberalism from Franklin Roosevelt to Barack Obama, written by Eric Alterman and Kevin Mattson.  Mickey Edwards recommended the book when he was with us at Politics for the People.

He said, “There is a great new book out—you’ll be shocked that I wrote a very good review, very positive review of it—by Eric Alterman, quite a well known liberal writer.  He has a new book out called The Cause, making the case for liberal politics.  And one of the things he brought up is the tension that existed for so long between white liberals and African Americans about how do you resolve when one of them wants political advantage and the other says we want to be full partners in this democracy…”

I hope the book will be thought provoking and stimulate a conversation.

I will be hosting our discussion of The Cause on Sunday, June 3rd.  Hope you will pick up or down load the book and start reading.  I will be posting reviews and thoughts about the book along the way.

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