Donald Cohen Discusses The Privatization of Everything with Si Kahn








Donald Cohen discusses his book The Privatization of Everything at an in-store event on Tuesday, May 24, 2022, at 7 pm. This event will be moderated by Si Kahn and Elizabeth Minnich.

We want to celebrate Donald Cohen on his book The Privatization of Everything. He will discuss the book at an in-store event at 7 pm, Tuesday, May 24, 2022. Si Kahn and Elizabeth Minnich will moderate the event. Books will be are available for purchase in the store or through the link below. We look forward to seeing you at this free event.

After the event, please join them for food and drink (both on your own) and conversation at Sir Edmund Halley's Restaurant and Freehouse, just a few steps away from Park Road Books.



As people reach for social justice and better lives, they create public goods—free education, public health, open parks, clean water, and many others—that must be kept out of the market. When private interests take over, they strip public goods of their power to lift people up, creating instead a tool to diminish democracy, further inequality, and separate us from each other.

The Privatization of Everything, by the founder of In the Public Interest, an organization dedicated to shared prosperity and the common good, chronicles the efforts to turn our public goods into private profit centers. Ever since Ronald Reagan labeled government a dangerous threat, privatization has touched every aspect of our lives, from water and trash collection to the justice system and the military.

However, citizens can, and are, wresting back what is ours. A Montana city took back its water infrastructure after finding that they could do it better and cheaper. Colorado towns fought back well-funded campaigns to preserve telecom monopolies and hamstring public broadband. A motivated lawyer fought all the way to the Supreme Court after the State of Georgia erected privatized paywalls around its legal code.

The Privatization of Everything connects the dots across a broad spectrum of issues and raises larger questions about who controls the public things we all rely on, exposing the hidden crisis of privatization that has been slowly unfolding over the last fifty years and giving us a road map for taking our country back.

Author Bio:

Donald Cohen is the founder and executive director of In the Public Interest (ITPI,)  a national research and policy center that studies public goods and services.  His opinion pieces and articles have appeared in the New York Times, Reuters, the Los Angeles Times, The San Diego Union-Tribune, The New York Daily News, The New Republic, The American Prospect, The Nation and other online and print outlets.  He's the co-author of The Privatization of Everything: How the Plunder of Public Goods Transformed America and How We Can Fight Back.

Moderator Bios:

Si Kahn is in his 57th year as a professional civil rights, union and community organizer, musician, author and playwright, starting with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) during the Southern Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s.  He has simultaneously had successful careers as a composer, lyricist and book writer for musical theater and as an internationally recognized songwriter, recording and performing artist. 

Elizabeth Minnich is an educator, a believer in and practitioner of thinking and learning together. Philosopher, professor, academic dean, award-winning author, columnist, consultant, national and international speaker, and Distinguished Fellow, American Association of Colleges & Universities, she has worked in all her roles against prejudicial assumptions and banalities that, dangerously, keep us from truly knowing each other and ourselves.







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Event date: 
Tuesday, May 24, 2022 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Event address: 
4139 Park Road
Charlotte, NC 28209
The Privatization of Everything: How the Plunder of Public Goods Transformed America and How We Can Fight Back Cover Image
ISBN: 9781620976531
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Published: New Press - November 23rd, 2021