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Twilight of the Elites: America After Meritocracy

Over the past decade, Americans watched in bafflement and rage as one institution after another – from Wall Street to Congress, the Catholic Church to corporate America, even Major League Baseball – imploded under the weight of corruption and incompetence. In the wake of the Fail Decade, Americans have historically low levels of trust in their institutions; the social contract between ordinary citizens and elites lies in tatters. How did we get here? With his new book Twilight of the Elites: America After Meritocracy, MSNBC host and Nation editor-at-large Christopher Hayes offers a radically novel answer.

On Thursday, June 14, at 7:00 p.m. with opening remarks by David Scobey, Executive Dean of The New School for Public Engagement, Hayes will discuss the future of our republic with The Nation’s Katrina vanden Heuvel in a free talk to be held in Tishman Auditorium, 66 West 12th Street.

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