Thursday, 10 November
We the elites: why the US Constitution serves the few
Robert Ovetz to talk about his new book on the US Constitution, "We the elites: why the US Constitution serves the few" -- Book description: Written by 55 of the richest white men, and signed by only 39 of them, the US constitution is the sacred text of American nationalism. Popular perceptions of it are mired in idolatry, myth and misinformation - many Americans have opinions on the constitution but have little idea what it says. This book examines the constitution for what it is – a rulebook for elites to protect capitalism from democracy. Social movements have misplaced faith in the constitution as a tool for achieving justice when it actually impedes social change through the many roadblocks and obstructions we call 'checks and balances'. This stymies urgent progress on issues like labour rights, poverty, public health and climate change, propelling the American people and rest of the world towards destruction.Robert Ovetz's reading of the constitution shows that the system isn't broken. Far from it. It works as it was designed to.
Date & Time:
- book shop/info shop/library