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Eric Alterman sparked political fires with his Nation column arguing that while Obama’s presidency undoubtedly has disappointed liberals, its concessions do not signal strategic errors or a failure of imagination—rather, our political system’s structural impediments to democracy are rigged against progressive change. Now Alterman, author of Kabuki Democracy, expands on that thesis, arguing that real reform will come only when accompanied by resurgent civic engagement. Presented by the Town Hall Center for Civic Life, with Elliott Bay Book Company. Series media sponsorship provided by PubliCola. Series supported by The Boeing Company Charitable Trust and the RealNetworks Foundation.