“In his 2001 book, Between Two Ages, Van Wishard points out three primary drivers of the escalation of contemporary anxiety: globalization; a new stage of technology development; and a long-term spiritual and psychological reorientation.
“Wishard bases his analysis on six-thousand years of history. From that perspective, he suggests that globalization is ‘possibly the most ambitious experiment in history;’ that a new stage of technology development has as its objective to ‘supplant human meaning and significance;’ and that the effect of the psychological and spiritual reorientation is a worldwide ‘weakening of the structures that organize and regulate our life: religion, self-government, education, culture and family.’”
--Terry Pearce, Leading Out Loud: Inspiring Change through Authentic Communications
The author believes every social institution now faces a mortal struggle for redefinition. He takes issue with "false national assumptions," among them:
These and other assumptions comprise a conventional wisdom relentlessly invalidated in The American Future.
And yet Wishard is no pessimist. His book ends on an unusual if upbeat note by challenging readers to be straight with themselves & rethink basic premises.
Addressed to people in management, psychology, government, religion & international trade who are demanding to know why political leadership is failing.