“This airport is f—ing insane.” The message flashed across my phone at 11PM Pacific Time. “Yeah it is!” I texted back immediately. My wife was trying to negotiate New York’s JFK airport at 2AM on a cold, rainy December night, after a delayed flight. The aggressive unlicensed cabbies (mostly male), the sheer mass of travelers, […]
It’s a simple question: In the last twenty years, the proportion of the world’s population living in extreme poverty has: almost doubled? remained more or less the same? almost halved? When you ask that question of people around the world, very few get the answer right. In fact, only 7% give the correct answer, which […]
Perched on a narrow stretch of the Big Sur Pacific coastline, Esalen Institute is about as far away as you can get from the Washington DC and still be in the same country—geographically, but also politically, culturally, and institutionally. Yet, for a few days in the first week of October, those distances were bridged, and […]
At the 2012 Republican National Convention, Mitt Romney’s acceptance speech was well received by an energized audience. But at least one particular point of his speech was embraced with an extra sense of joy, laughter, enthusiasm and even a standing ovation. “Barack Obama” he exclaimed, invoking the name of the president with a certain measured […]
My latest podcast explores the idea that *value itself* can be conceived of as a form of interior energy that influences consciousness and culture. Value energy motivates human interest and generates political will. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1sQyGo8meJE&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR3FenKesBowZedhaCIV5awRkk3CJsTuyJryNev0i492jSQ4dY_2IOwVqOs
Progressivism is the most evolved form of culture that has yet to appear in the timeline of human history. But as it emerges, its pathologies are becoming more evident. Hopefully, these very pathologies can spur us to evolve further—from antithesis to a reconciling synthesis. …
USA Today (2.6 million daily readers) published my op-ed today: *'Mrs. America' Shows How Art Can Bridge Our Nation's Cultural, Partisan Divisions* In the op-ed I argue that Cate Blanchett’s performance demonstrates “cultural intelligence.” https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2020/06/06/how-art-like-mrs-america-can-help-heal-our-cultural-divide-column/3153471001/
Has progressive postmodernism emerged as a historically significant new worldview comparable to modernity and traditionalism? Social psychologists and political scientists can’t seem to see it clearly. If social science existed in 1790, would it have detected the Enlightenment?
Post-progressivism can help progressive culture mature and evolve by extending its caring & inclusive values to include the concerns and commitments of modernists and traditionalists. And progressives can thus evolve by using *cultural intelligence* to affirm our interdependence.