I Speak in DC on 3/24: “Lighting a Fire in Liberal America /Strategy for a Battle that Must Be Won”


    I’ve written here earlier about my new “campaign”:

    This campaign is not for elective office, but it is at least as ambitious.

    It’s a campaign to have an impact on our national public discourse. More specifically, it is a campaign to bring to the center of our national conversation what I believe to be the central political reality of our times: the rise on the political right of an unprecedentedly destructive and dishonest force, and the weakness of Liberal America in calling out this force for what it is.

    America desperately needs an “Emperor’s New Clothes” moment, and I believe this new campaign has a chance of helping to bring it about.

    As part of the launching of this campaign, I will be giving a talk at7:30 PM on Monday, March 24 at the Washington Ethical Society, Main Hall, 7750 16th St. NW (just below Kalmia).

    Here’s a description of what this talk undertakes to do:

    A destructive and dishonest force has arisen on the political right, unlike anything ever seen at the center of American politics. The response from liberal America has been woefully inadequate.

    This combination of right-wing destructiveness and liberal weakness has caused tremendous damage to our democratic foundations. It’s a dynamic that must be changed.

    That’s the message of Andrew Bard Schmookler, a prize-winning  author whose books include The Parable of the Tribes: The Problem of Power in Social Evolution.

    As the recent Democratic nominee for Virginia’s 6th district, Andy demonstrated an ability to use a powerful message to light a fire in Liberal America (as can be plainly seen in this dramatic six-minute video).

    Andy will present — and discuss — his understanding of the nature and roots of our national crisis. And he will propose a strategy to change our political dynamic and strike a meaningful blow in a battle that must be won — for the future of America and, indeed, the planet.

    If you are within reach of Washington, I hope you will consider attending. And if you have like-minded friends who might be interested, I hope you will spread the word.

    I wouldn’t be undertaking this effort if I did not believe that it might afford us the best available means to help turn our current dangerous political dynamic around.


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