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New: The Threat From the Right -- and What to Do About It

By Lewis Dolinsky
Saturday January 25, 2014 - 09:40:00 AM

Andrew Schmookler, author, political commentator and candidate for Congress in Virginia in 2012, will speak about the danger from the right in America -- and how to combat it

Schmookler will appear at the Niebyl-Proctor Library, 6501 Telegraph Avenue in Oakland, at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, January 29.

Schmookler's message:

"A destructive and dishonest force has arisen on the political right, unlike anything ever seen at center stage of American politics. The response from liberal America has been woefully inadequate.

"This combination of right-wing destructiveness and liberal weakness has caused tremendous damage. It's a dynamic that must be changed." 

Schmookler will present -- and discuss -- his understanding of the nature and roots of our national crisis. And he will propose a strategy to strike a meaningful blow in a battle that, he says, must be won -- for the future of America and, indeed, the planet. 

Schmookler is a graduate of Harvard and earned his doctorate in a combined program at UC Berkeley and the Graduate Theological Union. His books include The Parable of the Tribes: The Problem of Power in Social Evolution. His opinion pieces have appeared in the Washington Post, the Christian Science Monitor, The San Francisco Chronicle, the Baltimore Sun, the Huffington Post, Daily Kos and regularly in publications in Virginia. He has been a radio talk show host. His blog is called None So Blind. 

In the 2012 election, Schmookler challenged incumbent Bob Goodlatte in Virginia's most Republican district. The result was predictable. But this video went viral: