I broadcast a new episode of Philosophy in Action Radio on Sunday, 30 December 2012, answering questions on the good in American culture and more. Greg Perkins of Objectivist Answers was the episode’s co-host.

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Podcast: 30 December 2012: The Good in American Culture and More

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Question 1: The Good in American Culture (2:35)

In this segment, I answered a question on the good in American culture.

How is American culture better today better than people think? I’ve heard lots of depressing claims about the abysmal state of American culture lately, particularly since Obama won the election. You’ve disputed that, arguing that America is better in its fundamentals that many people think. What are some of those overlooked but positive American values? How can they be leveraged for cultural and political change?

My Answer, In Brief: American culture, while not perfect, is so much better than most people realize. Notice, enjoy, and promote that goodness!

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Tags: Activism, America, Apocalypticism, Business, Culture, Ethics, Politics, Rights, Technology

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To comment on this question or my answer, visit its comment thread.

Rapid Fire Questions (58:22)

In this segment, I answered questions impromptu. The questions were:

  • I think you’d be hard pressed to find someone today who thinks that guilt or debts are inherited by one’s children. So why do people continue to believe in Original Sin?
  • Should a person be proud of correcting his previous mistakes in a similar way that he is proud of his productive achievements?
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Conclusion (1:04:47)

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