Red State, Blue State – The Threat to American Democracy

Course Leader(s)
Day of Week: Thursday
Course Length: 5 weeks
Starting: 09/12/2024
Ending: 10/17/2024
Period of Day: Period 3 Zoom
Time: 2:15 - 3:45
Course Fee: $50

Course Description:

Each week I will be covering a different aspect of why, as a country, we’re so polarized today politically and socially. Before each of the five weekly sessions, I’ll send out a few YouTube videos and relevant articles focusing on the weekly segment to be discussed. Each week I’ll give an opening statement, offer some questions, and open things up to a roundtable discussion. Things will naturally flow from there. Preparation will be a half hour to one hour per weekly session.

Books and Other Resources:

I suggest reading (not required) but will provide a synopsis of two books:

The Kingdom, The Power, and The Glory by Tim Alberta, Harper, 2023

White Rural Rage, by Tom Schaller and Paul Waldman, Random House 2024

Additionally, I’ll be sending out relevant articles related to each week’s topic to all class members.

Course Leader Bio(s)

Len Glassman

I’ve run my own automotive parts manufacturing and distribution business, twenty as owner and company president. These days I work as a volunteer for S.C.O.R.E. (Service Core Of Retired Executives) which is an SBA funded mentoring program for small businesses and startups. My wife and I also own and run Big Fish Products ( We sell outdoor sport clothing to raise money we donate for both Parkinson’s Disease research and cancer research. For recreation, I play pickleball, golf, cards, and fish relentlessly off my boat. I read extensively particularly on subjects such as politics, American foreign policy, history, and current events. For several years I’ve led the “Great Decisions” course at LLIAC.


My educational background is a BS in business from Northeastern University, many adult education courses, and graduate degree from The University of Hard Knocks (fifty years in business).