How the Republic collapsed (and how it might be saved)


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The Presidential Ideas Festival was held May 21-23, 2019.

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April 11, 2019

Michael Tomasky

Hosted by Bill Antholis

Join author and political commentator Michael Tomasky as he discusses his new book, If We Can Keep It: How the Republic Collapsed and How it Might Be Saved, in conversation with Miller Center director William Antholis. Tomasky has been called "one of America's finest political commentators." He ranges across centuries and disciplines to show how America has almost always had two dominant parties that are existentially, and often violently, opposed. When he turns to our current era, he does so with striking insight that will challenge readers to reexamine what they thought they knew. Finally, not content merely to diagnose these problems, Tomasky offers a provocative agenda for how we can help fix our broken political system—from ranked-choice voting and at-large congressional elections to expanding high school civics education nationwide.