It’s Time For America to Create a New Origin Story

January 8th, 2021
Screen%2BShot%2B2021-01-08%2Bat%2B10.30.09%2BAM.pngIf you follow business, you know that part of the lure of every company is its founding story or myth. 
 
Over time the myth takes on a life of its own, as it comes to define the company and its products. In a similar way it’s true of nations, including the United States. 
 
We were a nation forged from disparate regions. The Northeast, the South, the West, Midwest. Each with different cultures, different philosophies and demographics. And yet we have bought into the myth of one nation, one United States. The proverbial “shining city on the hill.” 
 
It seems that every few decades the patina wears off. The myth and the differences come to the surface and we struggle to hold it all together. We are living through that now. 
 
To explain why we need listen to Colin Woodward, author of Union: The Struggle to Forge the Story of United States Nationhood.
 
My conversation with Colin Woodard: 
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