New World Notes - The Hollow Men
This week on New World Notes: radio program #297, November 12, 2013, from 12:00 to 12:30 p.m. (and again from 8:30 to 9:00 p.m.), host Kenneth Dowst offers some brief reflections on folk holidays (Halloween) vs. corporate holidays (Black Friday), to set the stage for a brilliant and witty short talk by historian Morris Berman.
Berman sees the essential hollowness of America's leaders as a reflection of the hollowness at the core of many of us--and the hollowness of The American Dream. In its present form, The American Dream is little more than a wish for more stuff. The current political/economic system does seem to be unsustainable and collapsing--leaving Morris with decidedly mixed emotions.
Then singing comic-satirist Roy Zimmerman offers a more upbeat view of the oddness of American life. The show ends with a few lines of T.S. Eliot's 88-year-old poem, from which we've swiped our title.
Audio courtesy of Robin Upton's Unwelcome Guests radio program.
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