[lbo-talk] Doug Henwood to be in Cambridge

Jim Farmelant farmelantj at juno.com
Fri Jun 30 04:09:37 PDT 2017

Saturday, July 8, 2017 1:15 PM

India Pavilion 17 Central Square, Cambridge, MA


We'll celebrate the coming of summer together on JULY 8th, a little later than usual, for our GBH Solstice Luncheon. Our Humanist seasonal appreciation of the Earth's tilt is one of many naturalism-based holidays we celebrate in our secular community-building mission. We are joined by Boston Atheists and Sunday Assembly Boston as co-sponsors.

Another big part of our mission is providing provocative and engaging talks, so we are happy to welcome well-known editor, writer and radio host Doug Henwood, who will speak on the 'Uber Economy':

Uber’s troubles have given the “sharing economy” a black eye, but still, the app-driven, venture-capitalist “disruption” of a host of economic sectors marches on. Drawing on a rhetoric of revolution, empowerment, and community once associated with the political left, firms like Lyft, AirBnB, and TaskRabbit are remaking both production and consumption, transforming the way we live and work. And social media — over a quarter of humanity has an active Facebook account now - are transforming the way we communicate. What’s it all mean? How much of this is the hype that is an inevitable by-product of a bubble and how much is real? Do we have to bow down and worship the silicon gods in all their ruthlessness, or could they be humanized?

Doug Henwood published the Left Business Observer, a newsletter on economics and politics, from 1986 to 2013 and has hosted the radio show “Behind the News” since 1995. He is the author of Wall Street: How It Works and For Whom, After the New Economy, and My Turn: Hillary Clinton Targets the Presidency, and is working on a book about the rot of the American elite. His writing has appeared in The Nation, Harper’s, BookForum, The Boston Review, and The New York Times.

The luncheon will again take place at the India Pavillion in Central Square Cambridge (vegetarian options, only $14 per person for all you care to eat). Parking in Cambridge is via metered street parking, and several garages and lots in Central Square. There is an MBTA red line station just steps from the restaurant.

RSVP here and come share in our celebration of summer with lively community food for body and mind.

Jim Farmelant http://independent.academia.edu/JimFarmelant http://www.foxymath.com Learn or Review Basic Math

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