America is stuck in a toxic climate of anger, political polarity, doom and despair.
We’re slaves to “Angertainers” like Glenn Beck, Bill Maher, Ann Coulter, Bill O’Reilly, and Rachel Maddow who make money off of our worries and anger. These players — more familiar to us than our legislative representatives — feed off of America’s fear in what author Nate Garvis calls “The Outrage Industry.” By and large, they advocate not for the common good, but for the insular good — what’s good only for the interests they represent.
Garvis knows that ushering in a new era of health and prosperity is more than passing laws and warring over angry left vs. right politics. It’s about a much more important priority: moving forward.
Naked Civics isn’t about finding solutions through multi-billion dollar, angry political theater. Garvis shows us how cultural tools like Sesame Street and dish soap can bring about more positive change than political debate. Naked Civics delves into everything from higher education to lobbying, from the Green Revolution to eggs and carmakers. As Garvis unravels the true power that culture has over productive societal change, he cuts to the core of what really matters: Safety, Good Health, Productivity, Compensation, Innovation, Preserved and Constructed Infrastructure, Passing on Knowledge, and Justice. These eight community imperatives – what Garvis dubs the “Naked 8,” are things communities almost never argue about. To truly achieve the common good in all eight areas, we must realize that the problems facing the many governments, businesses, non-profits, hospitals and universities of our communities are too complex for any one sector to do much on their own. It takes a community coming together — not by accident, but by design.
As it weaves a healthy dose of context with wisdom and even a bit of humor, Naked Civics doesn’t claim to answer all of our societal ills. Rather, it encourages us to ask more intelligent questions that will catapult us into a healthier era of prosperity. It’s about making strides through our culture — a far more powerful change agent than the law or politics alone.
Garvis shows that Naked Civics isn’t just about thinking outside of the box. It’s about denying the box is even there. If we want widespread change, we must redirect our gaze to a larger priority: the common good.