Considering that most folks who make the trek to California do so either to become famous (by settling here in the Southland) or to live the hippy-dippy life (up north in “Frisco” — ha ha, they hate that!), it may seem downright logical to form our own country, since we surely wouldn't fit in anywhere else. But would we really want to proclaim our independence from the good ol' U.S. of A. as the nation of California? That's the question posed by “Would California Be Better Off As Its Own Country?”, a panel talk presented by those nonprofiteers of intellectual conversation Zocalo Public Square. Joe Mathews, senior fellow at the New America Foundation, moderates panelists Bob Hertzberg of California Forward, PoliPoint Press editor Peter Richardson, author Abraham Lowenthal, and historian Robert Cruickshank. California uber alles? Indeed!

Thu., April 22, 7:30 p.m., 2010

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