Erwin Chemerinsky Launches "No Democracy Lasts Forever"


Join us at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, August 20th when the esteemed dean of Berkeley Law School ERWIN CHEMERINSKY  launches his new book NO DEMOCRACY LASTS FOREVER: How the Constitution Threatens the United States, which argues that the Constitution has become a threat to American democracy and must be dramatically changed or replaced if secession is to be avoided. Erwin will read from and discuss his book and will sign copies after the presentation.

This is a free event, but preregistration is required on Eventbrite or in the store to ensure seating.  Click Here to preorder a copy of No Democracy Lasts Forever.

Deeply troubled by the Constitution’s inherent flaws, Erwin Chemerinsky, the renowned dean of Berkeley law school, came to the sobering conclusion that our nearly 250-year-old founding document is responsible for the crisis now facing American democracy. Pointing out that just fifteen of the 11,848 amendments proposed since 1789 have passed, Chemerinsky contends that the very nature of our polarization results from the Constitution’s “bad bones,” which have created a government that no longer works or has the confidence of the public. 

Yet political armageddon can still be avoided, Chemerinsky writes, if a new constitutional convention is empowered to replace the Constitution of 1787, much as the Founding Fathers replaced the outdated Articles of Confederation. If this isn’t possible, Americans must give serious thought to forms of secession—including a United States structured like the European Union—based on a recognition that what divides us as a country is, in fact, greater than what unites us.

ERWIN CHEMERINSKY is the dean of the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. The author of Presumed Guilty, The Conservative Assault on the Constitution, and The Case Against the Supreme Court, among many other works, he lives in Oakland.

THIS EVENT is free but pre-registration is requested. Registration ends at 5:30 pm on August 20th.

BECAUSE SEATING is limited, please register only if you plan to attend.

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Tuesday, August 20, 2024 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Event address: 
Mrs. Dalloway's Bookstore
2904 College Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94705
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