David Faris - "It's Time To Fight Dirty"

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Event Presenter/Author: 
David Faris

David Faris discusses his book, It's Time To Fight Dirty: How Democrats Can Build a Lasting Majority in American Politics

At the Co-op

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About the book: In the lead-up to the crucial 2018 midterm elections, an accessible, actionable blueprint for how Democrats can build a lasting majority

The American electoral system is clearly falling apart — evidenced more horrifically in the 2016 presidential election than ever before. In It’s Time to Fight Dirty, David Faris offers accessible, actionable strategies for American institutional reform that don’t require a constitutional amendment, and would have a lasting impact on our future.

With equal amounts of playful irreverence and persuasive reasoning, Faris describes how the Constitution’s deep democratic flaws constantly put progressives at a disadvantage, and lays out strategies for “fighting dirty” though obstructionism and procedural warfare: establishing statehood for D.C. and Puerto Rico; breaking California into several states; creating a larger House of Representatives; passing a new voting rights act; and expanding the Supreme Court.

The Constitution may be the world’s most difficult document to amend, but David Faris argues many of America’s democratic failures can be fixed within its rigid confines. The stakes have never been higher than they are today, and in It’s Time to Fight Dirty, Faris outlines a path for long-term, progressive change in the United States.

About the author: David Faris is the author of Dissent and Revolution in a Digital Age: Social Media, Blogging and Activism in Egypt, the co-editor of Social Media in Iran: Politics and Society After 2009, and a regular contributor to The Week. He holds a PhD in political science from the University of Pennsylvania and is associate professor of political science at Roosevelt University in Chicago.

Event Location: 
The Seminary Co-op Bookstore
5751 S Woodlawn
Chicago, IL 60637