MAY 2011 READING SCHEDULE
DIGGING DEEPER meets every Monday from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Mandolin Café, 3923 S. 12th St., Tacoma, WA. ...
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May 2, 2011: DIGGING DEEPER CLVIII: Robert Reich's Aftershock
Robert Reich, Aftershock: The Next Economy and America's Future (Knopf, September 2010; Vintage paperback April 2011). — "Obama's stimulus package will not catalyze real recovery because it fails to address forty years of increasing income inequality. . . . Despite occasional muddled analyses (of the offshoring of industrial production in the 1990s, for example), Reich's thesis is well argued and frighteningly plausible: without a return to the 'basic bargain' (that workers are also consumers), the 'aftershock' of the Great Recession includes long-term high unemployment and a political backlash. " —Publishers Weekly.
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May 9 & 16, 2011: DIGGING DEEPER CLIX: Ideologies of the future
John Gray, Black Mass: Apocalyptic Religion and the Death of Utopia (Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 2007; paperback 2008). — "Gray [argues] that we must reconcile ourselves to a world of multiple truths and incompatible freedoms, where there is no overarching meaning and human values and desires can never be fully harmonized. . . . Gray traces the course of apocalyptic-utopian politics from early Christianity through its secular variant in the Enlightenment and into modern political thought from Marx to Francis Fukuyama, the French Revolution to radical Islamism." —Publishers Weekly.
Chris Williams, Ecology and Socialism: Solutions to Capitalist Ecological Crisis (Haymarket Books, August 2010). — "Around the world, consciousness of the threat to our environment is growing. The majority of solutions on offer, from using efficient light bulbs to biking to work, focus on individual lifestyle changes, yet the scale of the crisis requires far deeper adjustments. Ecology and Socialism argues that time still remains to save humanity and the planet, but only by building social movements for environmental justice that can demand qualitative changes in our economy, workplaces, and infrastructure." —Book description.
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May 23, 2011: DIGGING DEEPER CLX: A narrative of the Great Financial Crisis
Andrew Ross Sorkin, Too Big to Fail: The Inside Story of How Wall Street and Washington Fought to Save the Financial System—and Themselves (Penguin, Oct. 2009; updated edition Sept. 2010). — "Andrew Ross Sorkin delivers the first true behind-the-scenes, moment-by-moment account of how the greatest financial crisis since the Great Depression developed into a global tsunami. From inside the corner office at Lehman Brothers to secret meetings in South Korea, and the corridors of Washington, Too Big to Fail is the definitive story of the most powerful men and women in finance and politics grappling with success and failure, ego and greed, and, ultimately, the fate of the world’s economy." —Book description.
[No meeting on May 30, 2011—Memorial Day]