From the New Press… Tired of working ’til you drop and not going anywhere? Try to imagine your life in a full-blown European social democracy—especially the German version. In an idiosyncratic, entertaining travelogue written in a “chatty, anecdotal style [that’s] appealingly digressive and winning” (Publishers Weekly), Thomas Geoghegan explains the appeal of “boring” Germany, where workers sit as(…)
Were You Born on the Wrong Continent?
On Tuesday, March 29 on the IUPUI campus, Labor Studies and West European Studies will co-sponsor a panel discussion featuring Tom Geoghegan, a Chicago labor lawyer and author of many books, including his latest: Were You Born on the Wrong Continent? How the European Model Can Help You Get a Life. Tom will be joined(…)
Tom will present a lecture titled “We’re Deep in Debt – What Would Keynes Do?” as part of the East-West Perspectives lecture series on Tue., Jan. 18, 2011 in the Fourth Floor Auditorium at East-West University, 816 S. Michigan Ave., in Chicago. The event begins with a reception at 6:30 p.m. followed by the lecture at 7:00 p.m. Admission is free, and the event is open to the public.
Since nothing breeds change like ambitions born of discontent, maybe, if he rattles up enough readers with notions of a better way of living, Geoghegan will eventually succeed in bringing us a few steps closer to his European dream. That would be nice. And even if he doesn’t, we’ll start to think twice about defining happiness and well-being via GDP statistics – a definite and resoundingly human step in the right direction.
To be called a “European socialist” is a political smear these days, but Geoghegan, a Chicago labor lawyer, offers a spirited defense of the European political model. He focuses on Germany, a country that is more competitive in the global market than the U.S. and that offers its workers much more in wages, health care,(…)