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How Do Our Convictions Change the World?

August 25, 2022

As social mores change and life as we know it continues to evolve, we wonder: How do personal convictions — whether ours or of those in power — shape society?

In our August interview, “Made to Be Broken,” law professor Richard Albert critiques the U.S. Constitution as an incomplete document with a shameful history, and he also unpacks the poorly understood process of amending it.

These enlightening, empowering, and hopeful selections from our archive complement the Albert interview.


The Sun Interview

Big Lies

Benjamin Carter Hett on What We Can Learn from Hitler’s Rise to Power

Our June 2019 interview with Benjamin Carter Hett outlines a dark facet of American history — Trump’s rise to power in the mid-2010s.

Most notably, Hett likens Hitler’s hate-speech-infused rise to power to Trump’s presidency. It’s a frank conversation that questions what a silent majority means for our society, and how such groups have shaped history since the framing of the Constitution.

By David BarsamianJune 2019
The Dog-Eared Page

Creating an Enlightened Society

Our November 2012 Dog-Eared Page was excerpted from Tibetan scholar Chögyam Trungpa’s Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior, which details a legendary kingdom called Shambhala: an ideal, enlightened society ruled by wise and empathetic leaders. It’s a far cry from the government shaped by the U.S. Constitution.

Shambhala, Trungpa argues, is not simply a work of fiction. It’s up to us to find a way there.

By Chögyam TrungpaNovember 2012
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