Wine & Wisdom

 

Crazy Politics: Populism, Conspiracy Theories, and Paranoia in America

Tuesday, August 22, 6:30pm
Cornell Clayton, Speaker
Program will be held at Basalt Cellars Winery, 906 Port Drive, Clarkston

Anti-establishment candidates rail against the government they seek to lead; populist groups like the Tea Party or Occupy Wall Street howl about corruption in political and economic institutions; and wild conspiracy theories abound. Has American politics always been so crazy?

With political science professor Cornell Clayton, explore how American politics has become an arena for suspicious and angry minds. Rather than debunking today’s conspiratorial claims, Clayton argues that both populism and a paranoid thinking have always played important roles in American politics. From the fear of the Illuminati, to the Know-Nothing movement in the 1850s, to Father Charles Coughlin, Huey Long, and the John Birchers, there always have been leaders and groups who see politics in apocalyptic terms and believe powerful elites are conspiring against ordinary Americans. Clayton’s talk explains the rise of today’s populist and conspiratorial politics, draws parallels to earlier periods, and describes how populism on the left and right today differ.

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Poetry Contest

April is National Poetry Month and we’re having a contest!  You can pick up an entry form in the library or submit your poem online. Just fill out the form and scroll down to File and upload your poem. There are three age categories: gr. K-6, gr. 7-12, and Adult.  Poems entered must be contestant’s original work. Length of entry must not exceed one page, with a minimum of three lines.  Poems must be turned in by 5pm on April 22.  Asotin County Library reserves the right to reprint the work in its publications (newsletter and BiblioBoard).  Winners will be announced in early May and winning poems will be posted in the library.

Microsoft Excel Class

Anna Aldous will be teaching a free Microsoft Excel class beginning Feb. 13.  The class will be held from 6-8pm and will run on Mondays and Wednesdays until March 20.  There is no class on Feb. 20.  Call the library at 758-5454 to register or fill out the form below..