Join In These Times and the Jacobin Chicago reading group for a panel discussion of two new books critiquing Hillary Clinton from the Left. Free beer and wine will be served. Full details below.
Hillary Rodham Clinton is one of the most powerful women in world politics, and the irrational right-wing hatred of Clinton has fed her progressive appeal, helping turn her into a feminist icon. To get a woman in the White House, it’s thought, would be an achievement for all women everywhere, a kind of trickle-down feminism.
In the run-up to the 2016 presidential election, the mantle of feminist elect has descended on Hillary Clinton, as a thousand viral memes applaud her, and most mainstream feminist leaders, thinkers, and organizations endorse her. In this atmosphere, dissent seems tantamount to political betrayal.
In ‘False Choices: The Faux Feminism of Hillary Clinton,’ edited by Liza Featherstone, an all-star lineup of feminists contests this simplistic reading of the candidate. A detailed look at Hillary Clinton’s track record on welfare, Wall Street, criminal justice, education, and war reveals that she has advanced laws and policies that have done real harm to the lives of women and children across the country and the globe. This collection of essays restores to feminism its revolutionary meaning, and outlines how it could transform the United States and its relation to the world.
The panel will feature Liza Featherstone; Doug Henwood, author of ‘My Turn: Hillary Clinton Takes Aim at the Presidency’; and Yasmin Nair and Kathleen Geier, contributors to ‘False Choices.’ Books will be available for purchase.
‘False Choices’: https://www.versobooks.com/books/2121-false-choices