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Speaking Truth to Power


By Rob Lerner

“It really isn’t rocket science. It’s simply a matter of applying truth to logic—examining a dynamic system for both its positives and negatives to see what it actually looks like.” —James Palombo


James Palombo’s life has traced a remarkable course—a course that has afforded him a unique perspective on our economic, political, and social systems. Once a drug-dealing wise guy and then a convict, James went on to become a social worker and eventually a professor of criminology and sociology—a story chronicled in his book, Criminal to Critic—Reflections Amid The American Experiment.

Many US citizens have come to regard democracy and capitalism as two sides of a coin. To Palombo’s mind, this is flawed thinking. He sees the principles of democracy as being on a collision course with the practices of capitalism—to the detriment of most and with troubling implications for our policies and politics.

Palombo is a powerful advocate for making the US a better place for its citizens, while at the same time making better US citizens within and abroad. He has taught nationally and internationally for more than 30 years, currently at the Henry George School of Social Science in New York City. He is also involved with organizing the Symposium on Capitalism—a nonpartisan educational program that sets out to clarify the US attachment to both capitalism and democracy. Palombo is the politics editor at and is at work on his next book, a collection of his thoughts on “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

This guy’s got a story! Come on Monday, August 20, at 5 pm to the Bellas Artes auditorium, at Hernandez Macias 75, to hear how unique life circumstances have shaped the views of a powerful social critic and public policy advocate. Advance tickets cost 250 pesos online at or at the Biblioteca Tienda, or 300 pesos at the door. A lively discussion will follow the main presentation—one you won’t want to miss!



i3: Ideas that Inform and Inspire presents

“Truth to Logic—Crime, Criminal Justice and Ideology in the American Experiment”

By James E Palombo

Mon, Aug 20, 5pm

Auditorium at Bellas Artes

Hernández Macías 75

Advance Tickets

250 pesos advance

Biblioteca Tienda

Online at

300 pesos at the door


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