When people become scared, or when their view of who they are feels turned upside down, they may unconsciously retreat into beliefs and behavior that promise restoration of what feels lost or endangered.
Our culture, addicted to global success stories, is making it increasingly difficult for the overwhelming majority of people who make a decent living through hard work, but do not belong to the global ruling class, to feel that they matter.
The availability of high-quality postsecondary education is significant beyond the personal benefit of a college degree: the problem-solving capacity of a modern college or university and its graduates is enormous.
The Luddites have been slandered. They did not oppose technology per se, but rather asked some important questions about the ends to which new technological discoveries were being used and who in society would benefit from them.
Propaganda being what it is we were somehow convinced to try a worldwide experiment in taking good jobs from democracies and turning them into bad jobs in thugocracies. Now, of course, the experiment has run its course and we can see the results.
Immigration may well be the most important issue of our time. Between 2000 and 2050, according to journalist Doug Saunders, the cities of the world will absorb over three billion people, a majority of them migrants from farms and villages.
The country's social safety net isn't the only net that's getting shredded in the budget battle. Somewhere in Senegal, the thin mesh that shields a poor family from a worldwide scourge faces an arguably deadlier cut.
Organized labor needs to evolve alternatives to the traditional collective bargaining model, which no longer fits in a globalized economy, and arguably always has been problematic in the public sector.
In advance of his upcoming book, The Unfinished Global Revolution: The Pursuit of a New International Politics, I interviewed Mark Malloch-Brown on the challenges and opportunities of globalization in the 21st century.
If there is anything that Americans can rally around, it is the idea of "winning." We are, after all, a capitalist culture, fueled by competition and fiercely protective of our status quo as the wealthiest nation on the planet.