The System provides a gripping and urgent analysis into the rigged systems of American politics. It looks how theyinteract to install an elite oligarchy, eviscerate the middle class and undermine democracy. After years of stagnant wages, volatile job markets, and an unwillingness by those in power to deal with profound threats such as climate change, there is a mounting sense that the system is fixed. It serves only those select few with enough money to secure a controlling stake. Millions have lost their confidence in political and economic systems on both sides of the Atlantic.
Having served in the administrations of Presidents Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, and Bill Clinton, and as an advisor to President Obama, Reich now writes a weekly column for the Guardian. He analyses the latest political developments in the US. Elizabeth Warren has praised the book as a “both a diagnosis and a call to arms”.Bernie Sanders hails Reich as “an exceptional teacher” and “one of the most important voices in America, fighting for an economy that works for all people and not just those at the top”. One of America’s highly praised economic thinkers, he will be discussing how voters might install fundamental change and demand that democracy works for the majority again.
Reich will be in conversation with the Guardian’s Head of Opinion, Jonathan Shainin. Ticket buyers will receive an exclusive discount code to purchase a copy of The System from the Guardian Bookshop. Please note that books can only be shipped to addresses within the UK.
Running time: 60 minutes Pay what you can – £5 or £10.
(Tuesday) 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm