Friday, May 25, 7PM: Eric Laursen, "The People's Pension: The Struggle To Defend Social Security Since Reagan"
We are thrilled to once again be presenting the work of financial writer ERIC LAURSEN. The People's Pension is both groundbreaking history and an eye-opening guide for anyone concerned about one of the biggest issues of our times. With 95 percent of Americans participating in the program either as beneficiaries or through their payroll tax contributions, Social Security is quite literally the glue that binds Americans together as a community. In a provocative epilogue, Laursen argues to democratize, not disable, the program, suggesting that the only solution for Social Security may be to de-link it from government altogether.
"Drawing on research and interviews with economists, politicians, and social scientists who shaped the early development of Social Security, Laursen analyzes how American economics and politics evolved to the point at which a program once considered nearly sacrosanct has come to be viewed as a government entitlement. He debunks that notion as well as the conservative conventional wisdom that in order to save Social Security for future generations, it is necessary to virtually destroy it by reducing benefits and raising the retirement age. Comprehensive and compelling reading on an important topic." —Booklist (starred review)
Eric Laursen is an independent financial and political journalist, activist, and commentator. He is co-author of Understanding the Crash (2010). and his work has appeared in a wide variety of publications, including The Nation, The Village Voice, Z Magazine, The Indypendent, and the Huffington Post. He lives in Buckland, Massachusetts.
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