Podcast #184: The Good in American Culture and More

 Posted by on 31 December 2012 at 8:00 am  Podcasts
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On Sunday’s episode of Philosophy in Action Radio, Greg Perkins and I answered questions on the good in American culture, and more. The podcast of that episode is now available for streaming or downloading.

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Podcast Segments: 30 December 2012

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Question 1: The Good in American Culture

Question: 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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Rapid Fire Questions


  • 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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  • Start Time: 58:22
  • Duration: 6:25
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  • Start Time: 1:04:47

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