Join us for an in-person event with New York Times best-selling author & journalist Cory Doctorow for a discussion of his new book The Lost Cause. This event will be hosted in the Strand Book Store's 3rd floor Rare Book Room at 828 Broadway on 12th Street.
Can't make the event? Purchase a signed copy of The Lost Cause here.
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It's a generation hence. We're healing the planet, but about a third of us can't let go of our old hatreds.
It's thirty years from now. We're making progress, mitigating climate change, slowly but surely. But what about all the angry old people who can't let go?
For young Americans a generation from now, climate change isn't controversial. It's just an overwhelming fact of life. And so are the great efforts to contain & mitigate it. Entire cities are being moved inland from the rising seas. Vast clean-energy projects are springing up everywhere. Disaster relief, the mitigation of floods & superstorms, has become a skill for which tens of millions of people are trained every year. The effort is global. It employs everyone who wants to work. Even when national politics oscillates back to right-wing leaders, the momentum is too great; these vast programs cannot be stopped in their tracks.
But there are still those Americans, mostly elderly, who cling to their red baseball caps, their grievances, their huge vehicles, their anger. To their "alternative" news sources that reassure them that their resentment is right & pure & that "climate change" is just a giant scam.
And they're your grandfather, your uncle, your great-aunt. And they're not going anywhere. And they're armed to the teeth.
The Lost Cause asks: What do we do about people who cling to the belief that their own children are the enemy? When, in fact, they're often the elders that we love?
Cory Doctorow is a regular contributor to the Guardian, Locus, & many other publications. He is a special consultant to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, an MIT Media Lab Research Associate & a visiting professor of Computer Science at the Open University. His award-winning novel Little Brother & its sequel Homeland were New York Times bestsellers. His novella collection Radicalized was a CBC Best Fiction of 2019 selection. Born & raised in Canada, he lives in Los Angeles.