Income and Wealth Inequality
To borrow a phrase from Dickens, America might be called “a tale of two cities,” and more now than ever. The time we are living in is reminiscent of the time of robber barons, tycoons, bought politicians, and virtual indentured servitude of the Gilded Age back in the 1920s. Nowadays, the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer. Is this right? Is it good? What does it mean for America’s future, America’s safety, and America’s legacy? The man of wisdom who wrote the book on justice in society will be joining Jason to discuss in detail this fundamental issue, as well as values and ethics.
Information, Ideas, and Politics
This show’s influential guests have decades of experience and wisdom that can be helpful to the understanding of how the control and usage of information impacts the political landscape. Issues and ideas such as “values and ethics” are more successfully manipulated by conservatives than by progressives. Not only does this fact have an ethical component, it can inform us on how Americans view politics, think about their values, and how they vote. The show promises to be informative if you believe that progressive politics is the way of the future.
Is There Hope for the Planet?
An article full of wisdom in the reputable magazine ORION caught Jason’s eye: it was entitled “Beyond Hope.” It is a haunting, relevant piece about values and ethics, and how author/”anarcho-primitivist” Derrick Jensen has been grappling with the loss of hope for turning around our aggressive depletion of the earth’s natural resources and balanced ecosystems — possibly resulting in an environmental “point of no return.”
Jason Interviewed About Values and Ethics
The insightful peace activist Jenni Prisk interviewed Jason for this month’s show where the tables are turned: Jason answers the questions rather than asks them. Jason’s philosophy, background, and take on current events as well as values and ethics came up in the easy-flowing conversation. Jenni is a unique interviewer, full of wisdom, so tune in for some profundity and humor.
Kevin Danaher: Money Values vs. Life Values
Described by The New York Times as the “Paul Revere of globalization’s woes,” Dr. Kevin Danaher is a Co-founder of Global Exchange, the noted human rights organization based in San Francisco. Kevin received his PhD in sociology from the University of California at Santa Cruz. He is the author and/or editor of 11 books, including his latest – Insurrection: Citizen Challenges to Corporate Power. This interview on values and ethics is fast-paced, high-concept, and intriguing. Values such as environmentalism, economic stewardship, morality, and progressivism are discussed with passion and force. This wisdom is not to be missed!
Knowledge of Organizations
The guest for today’s show, here to offer her wisdom, is Sherry Immediato, Managing Director, President, and founding member of the Society for Organizational Learning (SoL). SoL is about discovering (researching), integrating (developing), and implementing (practicing) organizational learning for the interdependent development of people, their institutions, and their communities. Doing so will assist everyone to continue to live lives full of values and ethics, increase the capacity to collectively realize our highest aspirations and productively resolve our differences. If you are interested in how organizations function, and what their highest functions are, tune in to this interview.
Labor Issues and Class Concerns
America’s short history has shown remarkable growth, a distinct form of capitalism, and an unprecedented accumulation of wealth. However, as powerful and flush as America is, there are deep class divisions based on wealth and the ownership of business, and workers tend not to benefit as greatly from growth as the owners of the capital do. The history of America is really a history of how the ownership class and the working class relate. The American middle class is disappearing, not as focused on their values and ethics, and this must have consequences for the very fabric of our society. Jason is pleased to welcome two heralded observers, offering their wisdom, of the labor struggle and American capitalism to the show, political cartoonists Gary Huck and Mike Konopacki.
This show features the inimitable “public philosopher” Tom Morris, PhD, speaking about the philosophical aspects of leadership. Starting with Aristotle, Morris brings years of experience to the table and creates a lively and useful discussion on values and ethics. How ethics relates to leadership is a critical area of examination. Business is the main focus. Then, Jason welcomed Bernie Horn, the policy director of the Center for Policy Alternatives to offer his wisdom on leadership from a largely political angle.
Leading a Business Ethically
Bob Hertel, Executive Director of the San Diego Leadership Initiative, and Jon Kramer, PhD, President of the organization, which specializes in “Servant Leadership,” as well as values and ethics, joined Jason for an interesting show full of wisdom. I also heard from Robert C. Hinkley, a corporate lawyer with some wonderful ideas on how we can get corporations who abuse the system, the people, and our planet to stop – and start doing the right thing. All three gentlemen relied on their vast experience and better impulses as they discussed issues such as: “What are common ethical principles in American business and in the corporate sector?” “Why have there been some serious corporate ethical lapses in the last year?” and “Can a business do good and do well at the same time?”
Lessons for Progressives
In Jason’s 75th show based on values and ethics, progressivism is the subject of the day. There is much about progressivism in theory and practice that is worthy and honorable. The generosity, open-mindedness, and independence that underlies progressivism in philosophy and politics makes the struggle right and laudable. Yet political conservatism has been quite successful since Richard Nixon. If progressives’ hearts are in the right place, and if they’re right on a lot of policy issues, then what gives? How can we successfully proceed as a nation and a world in such a way that our grandchildren will honor us? To help explore these ideas, Jason will benefit from the participation and wisdom of progressive thinker and author, Paul Waldman.