Eliot Spitzer, Matt Taibbi, Van Jones: Superstar Lineup Tackles Financial Crisis and Congressional Collusion
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The public conversation about the incestuous and nefarious links between congressional financial deregulation and Wall Street greed, which produced the fiasco known as the Great Recession of 2007, is about to get much hotter next week.
The NYC-based Culture Project, known for cutting-edge theater productions like the powerful The Exonerated and the brilliant Bridge and Tunnel, featuring the multi-talented Sarah Jones, will blend theater, journalism and some of the sharpest tongues in public life, to help hold the American political system accountable.
On Tuesday, March 27 you can watch a live-stream from Georgetown University featuring the verbal pyrotechnics of Eliot Spitzer, former governor of New York; Matt Taibbi, the journalist best known for documenting the obscene behavior of Goldman Sachs; Van Jones, the honcho behind Rebuild the American Dream; Heather McGhee of Washington Demos; best-selling author Ron Suskind; and OWS activist Jesse La Greca. Hosting this powerhouse lineup is the indefatigable Dylan Ratigan, who skewers the failures of the corporate system everyday from his perch at MSNBC.
The Culture Project's strategy is to motivate as many high-traffic news sites on the web as possible to offer the live-streaming, as well as build a mass audience of viewers via Fora TV, at 7pm EDT. Here is the link. Save it. Remember to watch. This will be a unique event.
The Culture Project, which normally addresses human rights issues by featuring artistic work that amplifies marginal voices, is going the other direction here. The group is investing time and resources to produce public events where some of the most prominent voices of dissent offer a high-level, sophisticated critique of the system's failures. By engaging top-of-the-line thinkers, who know the intricacies of how and why the system broke down, we will learn the necessary economic and policy fixes. And learn we must -- before we find ourselves even deeper in the weeds of unemployment, underwater mortgages and the vast gap between the 1 percent and the rest of America.
For more information visit blueprintforaccountability.org.
Don Hazen is the executive editor of AlterNet.