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

Declaration of Independence with "If we can keep it" written on top in red letters

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

Michael Tomasky, William Antholis

Thursday, April 11, 2019
4:00PM - 5:15PM (EDT)
Event Details


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.


Thursday, April 11, 2019
4:00PM - 5:15PM (EDT)
The Miller Center
2201 Old Ivy Rd
Charlottesville, VA 22903
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Michael Tomasky

Michael Tomasky is the author of If We Can Keep It: How the Republic Collapsed, and How It Might Be Saved (Liveright, 2019), his history of political polarization. He is a columnist for The Daily Beast and the editor of Democracy: A Journal of Ideas. He is also a regular contributor to the New York Review of Books, where he has written more than 50 essays and reviews since 2002, and a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times. His work has appeared in many other publications, and he’s made numerous television and radio appearances.

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William Antholis

William Antholis is the director and CEO of the Miller Center. He was managing director at The Brookings Institution from 2004 to 2014, is the author of  Inside Out India and China: Local Politics Go Global, and served in government as director of international economic affairs on the staff of the National Security Council and National Economic Council and deputy director of the White House climate change policy team, among other positions.