Getting America Unstuck: Starting the Conversation

The Conversation

Overload? Or Renewal?


The future of humanity on this planet is being shaped continuously by the manner in which we resolve the fundamental tension of our times. Shall we be a civilization that thrives by living within the disciplines of Renewal? Or shall we have ourselves a civilization on Overload? A civilization whose appetites dangerously erode its capacity to govern itself wisely, whose appetites further cause accelerating damage to its climate, its soils, its agricultural productivity, and its capacity to feed itself?

Overload? Or Renewal?

Today’s default answer is the dark one. We are plunderers, burning through our inheritance, operating on Overload.

In writing this, I have drawn on Jeremy Grantham’s extraordinary essay, The Race of Our Lives Revisited. I have also drawn on Craig Unger ...

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Aspiring to an America of Intregrity


We Americans find ourselves ensnared today in quarrels that reflect our anxieties, not our vision. As a people, we are long on middle management complaints and short on executive vision. One stream of complaints arises from the bottom up quarrels between social conservatives and social liberals; another stream of complaints arises from the quarrels between Wall Street Republicans and Wall Street Democrats.

There’s a business analogy for the dynamic we’re in – as a people, we are long on middle management squabbling and short on executive vision.  The Republicans have no vision of an America that works well for everyone, but they’re not alone.  The Democrats are just as bereft of vision as the GOP.

So let’s do for ourselves what parents ...

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From Improv Liberalism to Systemic Liberalism

From Improv Liberalism to Systemic Liberalism

If America were a truly healthy country, what would be different?

To answer that question properly, we must begin with our aspirations as Americans. We – the American people – will aspire to a healthy romanticism about America, will aspire to success on our nation’s upward journey. We will aspire to a Capitalism of Integrity.  We will aspire to a Politics of Integrity.  We will aspire to a Culture of Empathy.

In other words, we won’t want America to be a country that embraces a Capitalism of Corruption. Or a Politics of Corruption. Or a Culture of Intolerance.  We won’t want America to pursue a journey that darkens its soul; we will want a journey that brightens its soul.

It’s the aspirational vision ...

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“If America truly knew what it was doing, what would be different?”