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Just a handful of years into the new millennium, globalization has had a profound impact on economies and societies throughout Europe and America. Writer and filmmaker Edoardo Nesi takes the stage to present us with accounts both political and personal that highlight these effects of globalization on the middle class. He presents insight from his co-written book Everything is Broken Up and Dances: The Crushing of the Middle Class—and explores how, between Bill Clinton’s remarks at the Lincoln Memorial on December 31, 1999 that closed the American Century and Donald Trump’s inauguration speech, economics and finance stopped functioning as instruments for constructing a healthy society and became weapons to destroy the middle class. Join Nesi for a critical story of how we corrupted what we might in retrospect call “the best of all possible worlds”—a world without banking crises, unemployment, terrorism, and populism, in which it was impossible to think that a state might default on its debt.
Edoardo Nesi is a writer, filmmaker, translator, and politician. He began his career translating the work of such authors as Bruce Chatwin, Malcolm Lowry, Stephen King, and Quentin Tarantino. He has written six novels, including L’età dell’oro, a finalist for the 2005 Strega Prize and a winner of the Bruno Cavallini Prize.
Presented by Town Hall Seattle as part of the Civics series.