I Can’t Breathe
A Killing on Bay Street
One of the smartest—and funniest—chroniclers of the rise of Trump, growing inequality, and Wall Street excess, Matt Taibbi is the author of four New York Times bestsellers, and an award-winning columnist for Rolling Stone. In talks, Taibbi paints an alarming portrait of politics, media, and culture, while providing a way forward against our most urgent crises.
“Matt Taibbi is one of the few journalists in America who speaks truth to power.”— Bernie Sanders
A compelling writer whose work is rooted firmly in the most pressing contemporary issues—be they political, financial or societal—Matt Taibbi is just as riveting as a speaker as his award-winning, wry and urgent journalism would suggest. In his New York Times bestseller, Insane Clown President, Taibbi offers a postmortem on American democracy: a story of nationalism, spectacle over substance, and the decay of traditional institutions—even truth. It’s a stunning analysis of a divisive and unpredictable election, the rise of Trump and populism, and the shattering of the political establishment: a prescient and riveting take on what it means to be a journalist (and citizen) in the new America.
“One of the most important voices in contemporary American journalism.”— Independent
His fifth book, I Can’t Breathe: A Killing on Bay Street, explores the roots and repercussions of the infamous killing of Eric Garner by the New York City police. Taibbi also wrote Griftopia: Bubble Machines, Vampire Squids and the Long Con That Is Breaking America, one of the most entertainingly quotable, scathing, and illuminating histories of the economic crisis. He has received the National Magazine Award for his columns in Rolling Stone, as well as a Sidney Award for his article, The Great American Bubble Machine.
Is Trump’s America unavoidable? And how did we even get here? For months, razor-sharp polemicist Matt Taibbi tracked every step of the historic election that bore us President Trump and his ilk. In this bracing talk based on his new book, Insane Clown President: Dispatches from the American Circus, Taibbi illuminates not just what brought us to where we are now, but how we can be moving forward in the years to come. Deemed “…one of the few journalists in America who speaks truth to power” by Bernie Sanders, Taibbi’s keynote passionately outlines Sanders’s resignation to the ill-fated Clinton campaign. Rebellious, plainspoken, and hilarious, Taibbi’s talk is customizable to your audience’s needs, offering a lucid yet hopeful view of today’s America.
Over the last two decades, America has been falling deeper and deeper into a statistical mystery: Poverty goes up. Crime goes down. The prison population doubles. Fraud by the rich wipes out 40 percent of the world’s wealth. The rich get massively richer. No one goes to jail. In search of a solution, Matt Taibbi discovered the Divide, the seam in American life where our two most troubling trends—growing wealth inequality and mass incarceration—come together, driven by a dramatic shift in American citizenship: Our basic rights are now determined by our wealth or poverty. In this talk, Taibbi takes takes audiences on a galvanizing journey through both sides of our new system of justice—the worlds of the untouchably wealthy and the criminalized poor. Through astonishing—and enraging—accounts of the high-stakes capers of the wealthy and nightmare stories of regular people caught in the Divide’s punishing logic, Taibbi lays bare one of the greatest challenges we face in contemporary American life: surviving a system that devours the lives of the poor, turns a blind eye to the destructive crimes of the wealthy, and implicates us all.