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Washington, DC: What's at Stake in the Social Security Wars

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Eric Laursen, author of the new book "The People's Pension: The Struggle to Defend Social Security Since Reagan," discusses the top 10 political threats to America's national retirement system - and what's needed to keep it healthy for future generations of retirees - and signs copies of his book. Busboys and Poets, 14th and V in Washington, D.C.

What's at Stake in the Social Security Wars

WHO AND WHAT: Eric Laursen, author of the new book "The People's Pension: The Struggle to Defend Social Security Since Reagan," discusses the top 10 political threats to America's national retirement system - and what's needed to keep it healthy for future generations of retirees - and signs copies of his book.
WHERE: Busboys and Poets, 14th and V in Washington, D.C.
WHEN: Tuesday, July 31, at 6:30 p.m.
SPONSORED BY: Teaching for Change, The Economic Policy Institute, The Campaign for America's Future, and the Strengthen Social Security Coalition.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, INCLUDING DIRECTIONS, VISIT: http://bbpbooks.teachingforchange.org/book/9781849351010

A powerful, well-funded movement to phase out Social Security or even turn it into private investment accounts has been gathering strength since the election of Ronald Reagan. Each time this movement is defeated, it comes back, stronger and more determined than ever. Meanwhile, as federal and state governments slash other benefits and services for the elderly—a trend that’s grown ever more troubling since the economic crash two years ago—Social Security has only become more vital to retirees and their families.

"The People’s Pension: The Struggle to Defend Social Security Since Reagan" is the book everyone troubled and, often, mystified by the Social Security wars has been waiting for. The first book to offer an in-depth history of the political and ideological clashes over this vital program since it became a live issues in the early 1980s, "The People’s Pension" also probes the complex arguments on both sides in language that’s clear and understandable. And it traces the surprising success of grassroots political and labor organizers who have fought off successive attempts to dismantle the program.

Along the way, this groundbreaking book asks more fundamental questions. Why is the most popular and successful social program in American history, responsible for lifting generations out of poverty, now under continual assault by elements of the U.S. political elite? What has changed in American politics, society, and economics to make this possible? "The People’s Pension" finds the answers in a surprising place: the political compromises and bureaucratic structure that originally molded Social Security during the New Deal era, the consequences of which are only now being felt.

Eric Laursen is an independent financial and political journalist, activist, and commentator. He was co-founder and managing editor of Plan Sponsor, the leading monthly magazine for North American pension executives, and has written for a wide variety of publications including The Nation, The Village Voice, Z Magazine, Institutional Investor, and CFO. He blogs at http://peoplespension.infoshop.org/blogs-mu/. He lives in Buckland, Massachusetts.

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