"Securities" Podcast: Jonathan Haidt on American structural stupidity and the post-Babel world (Parts 1 & 2)
We have a great new two-part “Securities” podcast that launched this morning with notable NYU social psychologist Jonathan Haidt. Haidt, who co-wrote the book “The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure” and also co-founded the Heterodox Academy, recently wrote an extended essay in The Atlantic on “Why the Past 10 Years of American Life Have Been Uniquely Stupid” (which Josh summarized in a nice tweet thread).
In part one, we walk through Haidt’s Tower of Babel metaphor and why Americans can’t talk to one another; the travails of free speech; and why social media is creating “structural stupidity” in America. Then in part two, we explore what the range of potential solutions are, including how social media products can reduce trollish amplification as well as how founders and CEOs can change their corporate cultures to enhance the growth of their Gen Z employees. Take a listen: