April 13: Conversation with author David Litt

April 13, 7:00-8:00 pm CST: David Litt, Obama speechwriter and author most recently of Democracy in One Book or Less–How It Works, Why It Doesn’t, and Why Fixing It Is Easier Than You Think, will be interviewed by Pulitzer Prize winning, former Strib journalist, Dave Hage. In his book, Litt provides a comprehensive look at the US political system, from our first election—of John Smith in 1607—into the 45th presidency. Along the way Litt maps an archipelago of obstructions in our journey toward a government of, by, and for the people—including the varied means of restricting the franchise, gerrymandering, the Electoral College, the impact of money on campaigns and legislation, and the imbalance in representation inherent in the structure of the Senate. His solutions rest upon a faith (buttressed by statistics) that the electorate is more unified than the polarized political parties. (We are, alas, stuck with the imbalanced Senate.) According to an early review in the The Washington Post, David Litt has written a “rollicking read about [an] important topic.”

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