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Black Mountain Institute


Barbara Ehrenreich is the author of thirteen books, including The New York Times bestseller Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America; This Land Is Their Land: Reports from a Divided Nation; and Bright-sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America. A frequent contributor to The New York Times, Harper's, and The Progressive, she is a contributing writer to Time magazine. She is also the author of Barbara’s Blog, in which she comments on working America. She lives in Florida.

Lewis H. Lapham is editor of Lapham’s Quarterly. Formerly editor of Harper’s Magazine, he is the author of numerous books, including Money and Class in America, Theater of War, Gag Rule, and, most recently, Pretensions to Empire. The New York Times has likened him to H. L. Mencken; Vanity Fair has suggested a strong resemblance to Mark Twain; and Tom Wolfe has compared him to Montaigne. A native of San Francisco, Lapham was educated at Yale and Cambridge.

Curtis White is a novelist and essayist, and has authored several widely acclaimed books, including The Middle Mind: Why Americans Don’t Think for Themselves; The Spirit of Disobedience; and The Barbaric Heart: Faith, Money, and the Crisis of Nature. He has been the managing director of FC2/Black Ice Books Press, the editor of Context: A Forum for Literary Arts and Culture, president of the Center for Book Culture/Dalkey Archive Press, and is a professor emeritus of English at Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois. His essays have appeared in Harper’s Magazine, Orion, Playboy, and The Village Voice.


Liberalism; Political science – Forecasting; United States


American Politics | Inequality and Stratification | Policy History, Theory, and Methods | Political Science | Political Theory | Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration | Social Policy




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