*+-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: Can’t afford a gym membership? Get bored easily by exercise? Don’t want to run into your ex at Equinox? No problem! There’s always the great outdoors – otherwise known as your local park.
-+*Walter Moss: There is little chance that any Republican nominee will put dealing with climate change at the center of his/her agenda, but we progressives should insure that at least the Democratic nominee does.