Kresta in the Afternoon – June 22, 2018 – Hour 2

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+  Our Cultural Addiction to Blame

  • Description: Our culture has become addicted to blame. From trade to automation to immigration to education to right-size of government to the financial crisis, where does in blame-casting need to end, and responsibility begin? We talk with David Bahnsen.
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    • David Bahnsen
      David Bahnsen is the Founder and Managing Director of the Bahnsen Group. He serves on the Board of Directors for National Review Institute and Kings College and is the author of Crisis of Responsibility: Our Cultural Addiction to Blame and How You Can Cure It
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    • Crisis of Responsibility: Our Cultural Addiction to Blame and How You Can Cure It

      The left and right have gone to great lengths to blame the problems plaguing our society but neither Washington DC, Wall Street, Mexico, China, the Feds, nor the media are the cause of our problems—nor are they the cure.   Across the globe a “revolt” of sorts is taking place against elitism. No more will big government, big media, big banks, big bureaucracy, and big institutions hold the secret nuggets of truth and dictate our lives and fortunes. Financial markets, political punditry, and cultural leaders are all scrambling to react to the rise of the often disenfranchised. But what happens after all the bogeymen have been vanquished? What if opposing the incompetence of the European Union, the biases of the American media, the corruption of crony capitalism, the arrogance of political power brokers, and allegedly unfair global trade deals is not enough? The key to American prosperity in this new era of populism is for moral people to make responsibility matter again by renewing personal virtue and form lasting, mediating institutions that will trump the elitist bogeymen and scapegoats for generations to come. If we fail as individual Americans to address this core crisis of responsibility, we have only ourselves to blame for what happens next. (learn more)

+  What is Happiness? Answers from Aquinas (2 segments)

  • Description: Survey researchers ask people what happiness and ultimate purpose are. But do people know? Perhaps a bit of philosophy is needed here. Fortunately, the great thinker Thomas Aquinas has analyzed happiness in detail, exploding myths about it (for example that happiness is the same as pleasure) and asking what it is in itself (both in this world and the next). We talk with J. Budziszewski.
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    • Dr. J Budziszewski
      J. Budziszewski is a professor of government and philosophy at the Univeristy of Texas. He specializes in political, social and legal philosophy and their relation with religion. He is currently writing a commentary on Aquinas' Treatise on Happiness and is the author of several other books including How to Stay Christian in College. Visit him at
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