By Jeremy Rifkin
Jeremy Riflin here writes an inciteful analysis of American society today looking into the way that rhetoric affects behaivour and how pundits like Sarah Palin might be fuelling some of the US' ills. He writes that:
"In a memorial service held in Tucson, Arizona for victims of the recent tragedy, President Obama called on Americans to "sharpen our instincts for empathy" so that we can become a more civil people.
The President's call for a more empathic culture and civil society raises the troubling question of "What has gone so terribly wrong with America?" Why are we becoming more aggressive, violent, self-interested and intolerant as a society? The problem goes deeper than just blaming the escalating rhetoric of political pundits and talk show hosts. They are playing off a deeper sensibility that has become engrained in the thinking of many Americans".
The article is a timely study of what makes America tick and the deeply sectarian way the media now operates in the world's last superpower. This article is published at the Huffington Post, click the link to read more or for more information.
How much do you think aggressive rhetoric was to blame for the Tucson shootings?