Sarah Chayes_Photo Kaveh Sardari

Sarah Chayes

Everybody Knows: Corruption in America

Festival of Ideas Online/
Sun 09 August 2020

Crowdcast

Sarah Chayes

Everybody Knows: Corruption in America

Sarah Chayes_Photo Kaveh Sardari
Sun 09 August 2020,

Crowdcast

This is a Festival of Ideas Online event and will take place on our Crowdcast platform. It will also be live-streamed to Facebook. You can find out more about how this works in our blog.

America is corrupted, and everybody knows it. Vested interests have bent government powers to serve themselves, not the citizens, with dizzying resultsegregious Supreme Court rulings, revolving doors and cozy deals between the state and the private sector, and forty years of financial meltdowns.

In this blistering book, Sarah Chayes shows that today’s corruption—even the venality of the Trump administration—is part of global history, going back to the invention of money itself. We’re not dealing with ‘bad apples’ lining individual pockets, but the widespread standard practice of sophisticated networks spanning political and national boundaries. But we can change this, individually, collectively and politically.

Searching and unflinching, Everybody Knows exposes a rigged system that strangles democracy, calling on readers everywhere to challenge it.

This is part of our Future of Democracy series which is taking place all year and will culminate in a constitutional convention, currently scheduled for November 2020.

Everybody Knows is published by Hurst on 6 August. Pre-order a copy from our bookseller partner Waterstones.

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