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We'll be reading How Democracies Die: What History Reveals About Our Future by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt for our July Book Club. We're hoping to return to The Unitarian Church's Gage Hall downtown, but if this falls through then we'll plan for using a meeting room in the main library downtown as a backup location (in which case we would also start earlier at 3 pm).
And here's a blurb about the book:
Donald Trump's presidency has raised a question that many of us never thought we'd be asking: Is our democracy in danger? Harvard professors Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt have spent more than twenty years studying the breakdown of democracies in Europe and Latin America, and they believe the answer is yes. Democracy no longer ends with a bang--in a revolution or military coup--but with a whimper: the slow, steady weakening of critical institutions, such as the judiciary and the press, and the gradual erosion of long-standing political norms. The good news is that there are several exit ramps on the road to authoritarianism. The bad news is that, by electing Trump, we have already passed the first one.
Drawing on decades of research and a wide range of historical and global examples, from 1930s Europe to contemporary Hungary, Turkey, and Venezuela, to the American South during Jim Crow, Levitsky and Ziblatt show how democracies die--and how ours can be saved.
Help clean up our local environment by picking up litter along a busy road. SHL's adopted highway is Azalea Drive from the SC-7 exit to the King Street Extension in North Charleston, which runs past the Lowcountry Foodbank.
LOCATION TO MEET: We're going to start at the King St. Extension end of our road this time. Please meet in the parking lot of The Purple Buffalo
2702 Azalea Dr · North Charleston, SC.
SHL will provide the necessary supplies, including trash bags, gloves, and reflective vests. We recommend long pants, socks and closed shoes to avoid insect bites.
If you have any questions, please message me through MeetUp. Hope you can join us. The more the merrier! I am happy to sign community service paperwork.