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Reforming the Financial System and Reviving the Economy: A Call for Bold, Active Government

Wednesday, June 23, 2010 - 6:00pm
Demos, the Progressive Book Club, the Center for American Progress and the World Policy Institute present:   A forum with authors Jeff Madrick and John Cassidy on financial reform, and how government action can help revive the economy.


If conservatives are right, and the best government is the smallest government, then how is it that after years of right-wing rule the nation is experiencing stagnant wages, rising health-care costs, increasing unemployment, and concentrations of wealth for a narrow elite? In his perceptive and eye-opening book, Jeff Madrick shows why engaged and empowered government is so vital in changing times.

Conservatives were equally mistaken in their utopian idolatry of "free markets," argues John Cassidy, whose sweeping review of modern history explains why we need instead a "reality-based economics" that can cope with the speculation, myopia, and failures that are inherent in a capitalist system.

Introduction By:

John Halpin
Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress

Featured Speakers:

Jeff Madrick
Author of The Case for Big Government and Fellow at the World Policy Institute and the Century Foundation

John Cassidy
Author of How Markets Fail: The Logic of Economic Calamities and Business Correspondent for The New Yorker

Click here to join the Progressive Book Club and get a free copy of The Case for Big Government by Jeff Madrick.

A live webcast of the discussion will be available at


Wednesday, June 23
Refreshments: 6:00 PM
Discussion: 6:30 PM  


220 Fifth Avenue (between 26th and 27th Streets)
Fifth Floor conference room
New York, New York

Cost and RSVP:

This event is free and open to the public, but advance registration is strongly recommended to reserve a seat. RSVP HERE or by emailing or calling 212.481.5005, Option 2.

Call the World Policy Institute Events line at 212.481.5005, Option 2, with any event-related questions.



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