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Our Four Political Parties and Who Can Govern

January 29, 2021

9:00 a.m.

Free - Online discussion via Zoom

COFFEE CLASH

Despite the myth of stable democracy, in times of change American politics becomes a raucous brawl.

In 2021, the assumptions of both parties are obsolete. Both are split between centrists and radicals. Resentful identity politics and racism inflame hostility. The rich thrive as workers face poverty. Our creaky old institutions have lost much of their legitimacy, and a whiff of violence is in the air. Is peaceful democratic government still possible, and, if so, what is required to achieve it?

We will look at the political landscape and the possible outcomes, for challenge and discussion.

There is no charge for this event.

Seth Singleton has taught political science and world affairs for half a century in universities in the US and overseas, starting at Yale where he completed his doctorate and most recently at the University of Maine.  He has worked in Tanzania, Russia, Ecuador, Vietnam and Mongolia as well as the US. Seth and Charlotte Singleton live in Hall Quarry and enjoy our vibrant MDI community.

Our Four Political Parties and Who Can Govern