Sponsored by The Nation Institute and Schools of Public Engagement at The New School. Humanity is on the verge of its darkest hour-or its greatest moment. The consequences of the technological revolution are about to hit hard: unemployment will spike as new technologies replace labor in the manufacturing, service, and professional sectors of an economy that is already struggling.
The end of work as we know it will hit at the worst moment imaginable: as capitalism fosters permanent stagnation, when the labor market is in decrepit shape, with declining wages, expanding poverty, and scorching inequality. Only the dramatic democratization of the economy can address the existential challenges we now face. Yet, the US political process is so dominated by billionaires and corporate special interests, by corruption and monopoly, that it stymies not just democracy but progress. The great challenge of these times is to ensure that the tremendous benefits of technological progress are employed to serve the whole of humanity, rather than to enrich the wealthy few.
Join John Nichols in discussion with moderator Sarah Jaffe as they posit that the United States needs a new economy in which revolutionary technologies are applied to effectively address environmental and social problems and used to rejuvenate and extend democratic institutions. Based on intense reporting, rich historical analysis, and deep understanding of the technological and social changes that are unfolding, they propose a bold strategy for democratizing our digital destiny-before it's too late-and unleashing the real power of the Internet, and of humanity.
John Nichols is the Nation's Washington, DC, correspondent, a contributing writer for the Progressive and associate editor of the Capital Times. He frequently appears on MSNBC, NPR, BBC, and other broadcast media outlets. Sarah Jaffe is an independent journalist, a Nation Institute fellow, and co-host of Dissent magazine's Belabored podcast.
Location: Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, Arnhold Hall
Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at 6:30 pm
Sarah Jaffe is an independent journalist, a Nation Institute fellow, and co-host of Dissent magazine's Belabored podcast.
John Nichols is a noted U.S. commentator who writes for The Nation and was a visiting guest at the 2010 Walkley Media Conference.
Mary R. Watson
Executive Dean of the Schools for Public Engagement at The New School.