Optimism and AbundanceWhen I worked at Open Society Foundations, we had a focus on defending rights, which derived from a worldview that assumes there are large institutions (mostly corporations and governments) that encroach upon our individual freedoms and our ability to live a...
To Live With Meaning and Without IndecisionI get the feeling that a lot of us, privileged Americans, as we enter our early 30s, have to find a way to put away childish things and confront stuff about spirituality and values. David Foster Wallace Somewhere in the digital ether I’m sure an NSA surveillance...
The New Gilded Age, the New Muckrakers
The parallels between the Gilded Age of the 19th century and the New Gilded Age of today are obvious. What is more subtle is the role of the press — then and now. I am optimistic that today’s new breed of philanthropy-backed, entrepreneurial journalists are the muckrakers of today’s new Gilded Age that will uncover the wrongs and advocate for necessary reforms.
The strength of the book’s beginning lies in its juxtaposition between two scenes that unravel with cinematic allure. Both scenes are described with a kind of observation that would require most writers to use LSD.
It’s a strange sensation to read a persuasive book by an author who you want to punch in the face. And yet there is something compelling about both his arguments and his form of argumentation.