Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Your Call 040109 How will America recover its optimism?

By now, most people know the problems facing us. We can short-hand many with single words: Fiasco; AIG; Empire; Warming; Toxic; Inequality; Debtor. On today's Your Call we're speaking to one of the lonely Cassandras that have been pointing to the iceberg ahead since it first appeared in the distance during the presidency of Jimmy Carter. Now that the crash has happened, William Greider has spoken up again to fill the gap and help us imagine a new way forward. William Greider is National Affairs Correspondent for The Nation magazine and author of Come Home, America. When you stop looking at all the ways America has gone wrong and imagine where we can go next, what do you see? How will America find optimism and even pleasure in a world where less is our future? What will replace material gain in the American Dream? When you let yourself dream big, what institutions rise up to replace the mighty military, government and corporate institutions that are failing us now? It's Your Call with Sandip Roy and you.

William Greider in San Francisco
National Affairs Correspondent for The Nation magazine. He was the National Affairs Editor at Rolling Stone magazine and the former assistant managing editor at the Washington Post. He is the author of five best sellers including The Soul of Capitalism: Opening Paths to a Moral Economy. His new book is Come Home, America.

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