Wed. 10/25: Republicans Running Scared

It’s the ugly season of the political cycle,
JOHN NICHOLS says: “the time when election day looms close enough that politicians, parties and pundits are willing to utter just about any claim, any innuendo, and libel in order to sway a vote” — especially the increasingly desperate Republicans. John is Washington Correspondent for The Nation magazine and writes “The Online Beat” blog at His new is book is The Genius of Impeachment: The Founders’ Cure for Royalism.

Also: ANDREW CARNEGIE has been hated by the labor movement ever since the 1892 Homestead Strike, when Carnegie Steel called in a private army of Pinkerton detectives to battle its own employees.
Andrew CarnegieAfterwards, the state of Pennsylvania charged 33 strike leaders with treason. Carnegie Steel remained nonunion for the next 40 years, and Andrew Carnegie went on to become the richest man in the world and a great philanthropist, funding thousands of local public libraries. DAVID NASAW will explain it all – his new book is Andrew Carnegie.
SEE David Nasaw at the downtown LA Public Library, Thurs 11/2, 7pm.

Plus: The Palestinian struggle for statehood: when the UN created the state of Israel in 1948, why did Palestinian society crumble so rapidly? Why there was not more concerted resistance to the process of dispossession?
The Iron Cage: The Story of the Palestinian Struggle for StatehoodRASHID KHALIDI points to the British colonial system, to the cynicism of Arab leaders, to the policy US support for Israel – but he also points to failures of Palestinian leadership starting in the 1930s and continuing through Yasir Arafat. Rashid Khalidi is director of the Middle East Institute at Columbia University, where he holds the Edward Said Chair in Arab Studies; his new book is The Iron Cage: The Palestinian Struggle for Statehood.
SEE Rashid Khalidi at UCLA: Thurs 10/26 – 7pm, Moore Hall;
SEE Rashid Khalidi at Pomona College: Thurs 10/26 – 11am, 333 N. College Way.