Nick Capo: In my dystopian novel, what everybody senses, and usually avoids talking about, is that civilization is teetering on the edge of the abyss as mutual disgust and learned helplessness cover the globe like a black shroud.
Wade Graham: Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence, also set the standard for American-style conspicuous consumption. Historian Wade Graham discusses Jefferson’s paradoxical combination of politics and home improvement.
In 1979, President Carter jolted Americans with his so-called “malaise” speech. Contrary to most recollections, the speech received a positive response and, according to historian Kevin Mattson, remains timely.
Treva Brandon Scharf: I use these parks and trails for exercise, for social time with friends, for activities with out-of-towners, for romantic outings, and for the spiritual benefits I get from communing with nature.
Ed Rampell: Some may find Wasserman to be an alarmist, while others might regard him as a prophet. In any case, he is also a jokester and on the, uh, lighter side this ’60s “leftover” advocated “legalization of hemp and marijuana.”