George Packer

Last Best Hope: America in Crisis and Renewal
Apr 25, 2022, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm,   Location TBA
2022-04-25 20:00:00 2022-04-25 22:00:00 Europe/Amsterdam George Packer (The John Adams Institute) Last Best Hope: America in Crisis and Renewal Location TBA The John Adams Institute

This event was originally scheduled for November 2021, but was postponed due to Covid. Ticket sales will restart a.s.a.p. Previous sold tickets remain valid.

Acclaimed National Book Award-winning author George Packer returns to the John Adams to discuss his latest book Last Best Hope: America in Crisis and Renewal.

In this thought-provoking book about the decline and fall of self-government of the United States, Packer accepts that there’s a new reality for America: “a failed state”. A state that is in a “cold civil war” between four incompatible versions of the US: the Free America of libertarian Reagan, the Smart America of Clinton-era technocrats, the Real America of Trump the bottom-feeding demagogue, and the Just America of #MeToo and BLM.

This cold civil war has made Americans profoundly unreal to one another: lacking a shared reality, they have burrowed into partisan encampments or sealed themselves in digital ghettoes, echo chambers of angry prejudice, according to Packer. (Photo by Michael Lionststar).

On a more positive note: although America suffered through what Packer calls “a near-death experience” with Trump, it has had many such crises and has recovered from them all. By creating a fifth version of the US: the “Equal America” – which involves extending the New Deal to Americans in more areas of their lives, from affordable and universal health care to a living minimum wage and beyond – Americans can reinvigorate their self-government. “No one is going to save us. We are our last best hope.”

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