Senator Bernie Sanders is the longest serving independent member of congress in American history – he is also the latest guest announced by Manchester Literature Festival, appearing in conversation with award-winning author, broadcaster and professor of sociology at the University of Manchester Gary Younge.
Sanders has been a long-standing US voice for progressive change, leading the fight for free healthcare (Medicare for All in the U.S.A), combatting climate change and building a movement to transform our economy to one that works for all of us and not just the one percent.
In his new book, the New York Times and Sunday Times bestseller It’s OK to be Angry About Capitalism, he takes on the 1% and speaks blunt truths about a system that is fuelled by uncontrolled corporate greed and rigged against ordinary people. Where a handful of oligarchs have never had it so good, with more money than they could spend in a thousand lifetimes, and the vast majority want a better standard of living.
“How can we accept an economic order that allows three billionaires to control more wealth than the bottom half of our society? How can we accept a political system that allows the super-rich to buy elections and politicians? How can we accept an energy system that rewards the fossil fuel corporations causing the climate crisis? How can we let it happen any longer?” Sanders asks in the book. “We must demand fundamental economic and political change. This is where the path forward begins.”
The event takes place at Home Manchester on Tuesday, January 16 2024, 7.30pm and is presented by Manchester Literature Festival in partnership with the Centre for New Writing, Creative Manchester and Penguin.
Advance tickets for the event are available now for MLF Get Closer members to buy – MLF membership costs from £20 to receive priority booking for year round events and other benefits. Tickets will go on general sale on Friday 10 November.