What we're about

Are you passionate about politics and policy? Tired of talking only to those you agree with? Our public policy book club aspires to be a nonpartisan, all-inclusive group--liberals, conservatives, libertarians, progressives, anarchists and any we're missing--all welcome. We'll agree on books and meet monthly for an informed, civil, non adhominem discussion of the issues.

Books we've read so far:

The Righteous Mind

Flashpoints

The New Jim Crow

The Sixth Extinction

Beautiful Souls

Big Data

and more (see our "Photos" page)

Upcoming events (1)

Sept Book Club Meeting: 9/28, 6 p.m. at Rough Draft Books

Hi all: The book that we voted on for our September discussion (9/28, 6-7:30 p.m.) is Why We're Polarized.

About being in person: Rough Draft’s rules are that those not vaccinated need to mask and social distance. So we can’t accommodate anyone not vaccinated because we sit around a table.

If there are those among you who aren’t vaccinated who want to attend (or who are vaccinated but don’t want to attend in person), I will set up a computer at the table so you can participate by Zoom.

Back to the book: If you’re someone who like most of us doesn’t get enough time to read, feel free to find and read a few reviews of the book or listen to talks that the author gave about it, which is enough to participate in the discussion.

Rough Draft offers 10 percent off of the current month’s book during the month leading up to the meeting. If you prefer to order online through Rough Draft, go here: https://www.roughdraftny.com/

Finally, if you’re a plan-ahead type person, the books that we picked for the upcoming months are as follows:

October: The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels
November: The Tyranny of Merit: What’s Become of the Common Good?
January: Taliban: Militant Islam, Oil, and Fundamentalism in Central Asia, 2nd edition
February: The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together
March: Irrationality: A History of the Dark Side of Reason

And finally, I’m away for the upcoming meeting—so if anyone would like to facilitate, please let me know. I’ve written up easy guidelines for facilitating, which I’m happy to share. (I’ll still do all the logistical emails.) But if we don’t have a volunteer, I’m sure everyone can have a good discussion without a facilitator too.

Hope you can make it on 9/28. Steven

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