Watch “High Noon” to see why we don’t reform America’s politics

High Noon - standing alone

Summary: High Noon is a great and prophetic film, pointing us to a cause of the problems with America, and why political reform remains necessary but elusive. “Cowardice, alone of all the vices, is purely painful — horrible to anticipate, horrible to feel, horrible to remember…” — An insight from a demon (they know us … Continue reading Watch “High Noon” to see why we don’t reform America’s politics

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Hollywood’s Hero Deficit – both a cause and symptom of our weakness

Superheroes

Summary: This brilliant essay by James Bowman describes two themes often discussed here. First, the lack of heroes in our films and minds. Second, our fear and apathy. He uses movies as a mirror to see how our view of heroes has changed -- making us weaker. "The worst {result} of the plague of superheroes … Continue reading Hollywood’s Hero Deficit – both a cause and symptom of our weakness

We like superheroes because we’re weak. Let’s use other myths to become strong.

Superheroes

Summary: Superhero films dominate theater box offices. They also show our greatest weakness. We are a powerful citizenry broken into powerless individuals who see collective action as futile, or even corrupting. We have a second set of myths that show the path to a better future for America. Let's take this first step to recovering our … Continue reading We like superheroes because we’re weak. Let’s use other myths to become strong.