CFI-LA’s FEED YOUR BRAIN Lecture Series
This is the Age of Paine
Sunday, April 18
11:00 a.m. - Hollywood
4:30 p.m. – Costa Mesa
Tom Paine was 200 years ahead of his time, and he paid a steep price for being a man of vision. Many of the public figures of his day did not accept him, and he was written out of the history of the republic for the better part of a century, comments John Nichols, the political writer for The Nation magazine who has written extensively on Thomas Paine in particular and the founding of the American experiment in general. Yet, it is clear now that Paine was the greatest of the founders. And it is clearer still that his passion, his ideas and, above all, his radicalism remain the most vital characteristics for those who still believe that “we have it in our power to begin the world over again.”
Nichols has argued in his books and essays that the radicalism of the American revolution needs to be renewed, along with our understanding of this country as a rebel state founded in opposition to empire and in embrace of the enlightenment. Of Nichols, Gore Vidal says: “Of all the giant slayers now afoot in the great American desert, John Nichols’ sword is the sharpest.”
Nichols has worked as a daily newspaper journalist and magazine writer for 25 years, reporting from more than 25 countries and interviewing every U.S. president since Jimmy Carter. A pioneering political blogger for The Nation, he is the magazine’s Washington correspondent. He is also the associate editor of the Capital Times, the daily newspaper in Madison, Wisconsin. A co-founder of Free Press, he appears regularly on MSNBC, CNN, the BBC and other broadcast and cable networks. His current book written with Robert W. McChesney is The Death and Life of American Journalism: The Media Revolution That Will Begin the World Again.
This event is co-sponsored by the Thomas Paine society of Pasadena
WHEN: 11:00 a.m., Sunday, April 18, 2010
Free for Friends of the Center
The Center for Inquiry-Los Angeles
4773 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90027
The program will be repeated at 4:30 PM in Costa Mesa
Costa Mesa Community Center
1845 Park Ave.
Costa Mesa, CA 92627