It seemed the most unlikely place for a book signing. This was a traditional fire station a stone’s throw from the state capitol building in Topeka, Kansas. The place no longer serves its original purpose but is preserved by an association and used for public events
However, in a certain sense it was a fitting place for the April 27 book signing of the work, Return to Order: From a Frenzied Economy to an Organic Christian Society—Where We’ve Been, How We Got Here, and Where We Need to Go.
Author John Horvat II noted that fire stations exist to deal with material disasters which one can never know exactly when or how they will come about. That is why society defends itself against future disaster by setting up fire stations with all the elements to deal with the fires when they come.
In a similar way, Mr. Horvat explained, his new book cannot tell exactly when or how the coming economic disaster will take place but it can help readers understand the present crisis and its causes; it provides elements that are at hand to fight against these future calamities.
Nearly seventy people attended the “fire station” signing. People came from all parts of Kansas to discuss issues and enter into the debate proposed by the book. Francis Slobodnik, director of the American TFP’s Kansas office, did an excellent job of organizing the event and introducing the speaker. The talk introducing the book ended with questions and answers. There was plenty of time for conversation and refreshments.