Our not so great socieity

October 27th, 2011

Many have spoken of the structural problems we face in our economy and in our democracy. Individually, our broken financial system, the power of money in politics, our failure to meet the global challenge of 21st century education, and our decaying infrastructure are all very real problems. But collectively what do these problems, and the degree to which they have been neglected for so long, tell us about our society, our values and and what it means to be a citizen of this country?

Have we in fact reached a tipping point where failure to address these issues will will result in what Tom Friedman calls a very bad century for America. This is the starting point for The Price of Civilization: Reawakening American Virtue and ProsperityJeffrey Sachs' sweeping look at the state of our not so great society. My conversation with Jeffrey Sachs