ISPS Celebrates Jacob Hacker’s New Book, Let Them Eat Tweets!

Publication date 
September 16, 2020

On the occasion of the publication of Jacob Hacker and Paul Pierson’s new book, Let Them Eat Tweets: How the Right Rules in an Age of Extreme Inequality, the ISPS community gathered virtually to celebrate the book, a groundbreaking account of the dangerous marriage of plutocratic economic priorities and right-wing populist appeals - and how it threatens the pillars of American democracy.

The event also marked the end of Jacob’s 9-year term as ISPS Director. Tamar Gendler, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, described Jacob Hacker as,  “a scholar of international renown, a teacher of staggering reputation, and a citizen of incomparable dedication” at Yale.

Alan Gerber, who began his term as new ISPS Director in July of this year, thanked Jacob for his leadership at ISPS, noting especially the innovations Jacob instituted in connecting Yale College students with research and policy. As a surprise, he then introduced a video from past ISPS-affiliated students who expressed their heartfelt appreciation to Jacob and the ISPS programs they participated in.

Jacob Hacker’s book presentation was followed by Q&A. Watch a recording of the Zoom event here.