State of Resistance

What California's Dizzying Descent and Remarkable Resurgence Mean for America's Future

“Concise, clear, and convincing.” —James Fallows, New York Times Book Review

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Manuel Pastor on the Lessons California Can Teach a Changing Nation

Sociologist Manuel Pastor says that for many Californians, Donald Trump's election triggered not surprise but "a sense of déjà vu." In his new book, "State of Resistance," Pastor argues that California experienced decades ago the political and social shifts that now grip the nation -- including a decline in manufacturing, an upswell of anti-immigrant sentiment and rapid demographic changes. He says the state has now, through a set of progressive reforms, evolved to address the needs of a younger and more diverse generation. Pastor joins Forum to discuss his book and why he thinks California can be a model for the rest of the country.

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