FIRST CLASS: Christopher Shaw in Conversation with Danny Caine

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Christopher Shaw, author of the new City Lights book First Class: The U.S. Postal Service, Democracy, and the Corporate Threat joins Raven owner Danny Caine for a conversation about the importance of the USPS, and the existential threats facing it. 

Writing about First Class, Caine says, "Christopher W. Shaw's First Class: The U.S. Postal Service, Democracy, and the Corporate Threat makes a passionate but well-argued case for a healthy USPS. Shaw organizes his methodical argument around decades of attacks on the USPS; in doing so, he effectively refutes the flawed (and often anti-democratic) cases for privatization and deregulation. The USPS is essential for a democratic American society; thank goodness we have this new book from Christopher W. Shaw explaining why."


Christopher W. Shaw is an author, historian, and policy analyst. He has a Ph.D. in History from the University of California, Berkeley, and is the author of Money, Power, and the People: The American Struggle to Make Banking Democratic (University of Chicago Press, 2019) and Preserving the People's Post Office (Essential Books, 2006). His research on the history of banking, money, labor, agriculture, social movements, and the postal system has been published in the following academic journals: Journal of Policy HistoryJournal of Social History, Agricultural HistoryEnterprise & SocietyKansas History, and Journalism History. Shaw was formerly a project director at the Center for Study of Responsive Law. He has worked on a number of policy issues, including the privatization of government services, health and safety regulations, and electoral reform. He has appeared in such media outlets as the Associated Press, National Public Radio, Washington PostChristian Science Monitor, New York PostVillage VoicePhiladelphia Inquirer, and Buffalo News, among others. Shaw lives in Berkeley, CA. 

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Tuesday, November 2, 2021 - 7:00pm
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First Class: The U.S. Postal Service, Democracy, and the Corporate Threat (Open Media) By Christopher W. Shaw, Ralph Nader (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Christopher W. Shaw, Ralph Nader (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9780872868779
Availability: This book is in stock at our warehouse and will be at the Raven within 3-5 Business Days, once they've shipped it to us.
Published: City Lights Books - November 9th, 2021

Investigating the essential role that the postal system plays in American democracy and how the corporate sector has attempted to destroy it.

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