Meeting Report

November 5, 2010

Dr. Tom Kando

The Global Shift to the Right:
A European’s Perspective

Approximately ten of us heard the views of Tom Kando on the ongoing shift toward conservatism in the United States and several European countries.

Dr. Kando first gave us a glimpse of his interesting life story: Born in Budapest, he grew up in Paris, then earned a degree in Amsterdam before settling in the United States and attending the University of Minnesota, where he obtained an MA and PhD in Sociology. Amazingly, he told of debarking a ship in New York with only a few dollars in his pocket and no command of English. A generous policeman helped him out, giving him his first taste of American generosity. This part of his presentation was enlivened by excellent photographs.

Making clear his feeling that the USA is beloved to him, Dr. Kando is nevertheless distressed at the rightward move in our country. The fact that this shift seems to be part of a worldwide trend is small consolation to him; instead, he wishes the shift would be more toward the growth of socialism rather than away from it. Of course, those of us present for his fascinating talk tended to agree and were grateful for his shared insights.

Report prepared by Roger Zabkie, Secretary

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