LA GRUA CENTER: Corey Dolgon (Kill It to Save It: An Autopsy of Capitalism's Triumph Over Democracy) Talk & Signing

Bank Square Books and La Grua Center present an evening with sociology professor and author Corey Dolgon to discuss his new book Kill It to Save It: An Autopsy of Capitalism's Triumph Over Democracy. This event has a $5 suggested donation to La Grua Center, and books will be available for purchase that evening.

About the Book

For decades now, American voters have been convinced to support public policies that only benefit those in power. But how do the powerful extract consent from citizens whose own self-interest and collective well-being are constantly denied? And why do so many Americans seem to have given up on quality public education, on safe food and safe streets, on living wages—even on democracy itself? Kill It to Save It lays bare the hypocrisy of contemporary US political discourse, documenting the historical and theoretical trajectory of capitalism’s triumph over democracy.

Tackling the interconnected issues of globalization, neoliberalism, and declining public institutions, Corey Dolgon argues that American citizens now accept reform policies that destroy the public sector (seemingly in the public interest) and a political culture that embraces what Stephen Colbert calls “truthiness”—a willingness to agree to arguments that feel right “in the gut” regardless of fancy science or messy facts. In a narrative that stretches from the post‒Vietnam War era to the present parade of political reality TV and debates over Black Lives Matter, Dolgon dismantles US common-sense cultural discourse. His original, alternative account reveals that this ongoing crisis in US policy will not cease until a critical mass of American citizens recognize what has been lost, and in whose interest.

About the Author

Corey Dolgon is professor of sociology and director of community-based learning at Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts. He is the author of three other books, including the award-winning The End of the Hamptons: Scenes from the Class Struggle in America’s Paradise.
Event date: 
Sunday, September 24, 2017 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Event address: 
La Grua Center
32 Water St
Stonington, CT 06378
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$34.95
ISBN: 9781447317128
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Policy Press - April 15th, 2017

For decades now, American voters have been convinced to support public policies that only benefit those in power. But how do the powerful extract consent from citizens whose own self-interest and collective well-being are constantly denied? And why do so many Americans seem to have given up on quality public education, on safe food and safe streets, on living wages--even on democracy itself?