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George Lakey: Viking Economics: How the Scandinavians Got It Right—and How We Can, Too

Event date: 
Monday, October 17, 2016 - 7:00pm

Join George Lakey for a talk on his new book Viking Economics: How the Scandinavians Got It Rightand How We Can, Too.

ABOUT THE BOOK:  Liberals worldwide invoke Scandinavia as a promised land of equality, while most conservatives fear it as a hotbed of liberty-threatening socialism. But the left and right can usually agree on one thing: that the Nordic system is impossible to replicate elsewhere. The US and UK are too big, or too individualistic, or too…something.
In Viking Economics—perhaps the most fun economics book you’ve ever read—George Lakey dispels these myths. He explores the inner-workings of the Nordic economies that boast the world’s happiest, most productive workers, and explains how, if we can enact some of the changes the Scandinavians fought for surprisingly recently, we, too, can embrace equality in our economic policy.

Viking Economics shows us there’s no reason we couldn’t be making far more progress across a wide range of problems. George Lakey is great at explaining why.”
—Bill McKibben, environmentalist and author, Distinguished Scholar at Middlebury College, founder of

“Brilliant, fun to read, and most timely—just what Americans need right now! Lakey busts key myths that keep us believing we can’t have the society we want. Bravo for this great source of evidence-grounded hope!”
—Frances Moore Lappé, author of Diet for a Small Planet and Getting a Grip: Clarity, Creativity and Courage for the World We Want

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  George Lakey, 78, recently retired from Swarthmore College where he was Eugene M. Lang Visiting Professor for Issues in Social Change and managed the Global Nonviolent Action Database research project. Each of his nine books has been about change and how to get it. He was named the Peace Educator of the Year in 2010 by the Peace and Justice Studies Association. He has received the Martin Luther King, Jr., Peace Award, the Paul Robeson Social Justice Award, the Ashley Montague Conflict Resolution Award, and the Giraffe Award for Sticking his Neck out for the Common Good. He is a Quaker, a gay man with four great-grandchildren, and plays Broadway tunes for sing-alongs. His first arrest was for a civil rights sit-in, he has served as an unarmed bodyguard for human rights defenders in Sri Lanka, and recently walked 200 miles to protest mountaintop removal coal mining in Appalachia. He has founded a number of social change organizations including Training for Change and, most recently, Earth Quaker Action Team (


DATE:  Monday, October 17th at 7pm

LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Burlington

ADMISSION:  Tickets are $3 per person, and include a coupon for $5 off the featured book.  Coupons expire at closing the evening of the event.  Seating is limited.

Event address: 
191 Bank Street
Burlington, VT 05401
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ISBN: 9781612195360
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Melville House - July 12th, 2016