#1: The New Prince; #2: Why Violent Crime Is Declining by Jeff Salzman : Audio

In this episode Jeff takes a look at two stories: the birth of the future King of England, and the apparent decline of violent crime in the developed world.

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#1: The New Prince (begins at 1:35): This week we start by looking at the birth of the future King of England. I make the case that the Brits are right good at carrying forward the best of what royalty can provide: a sense of identity, security, history and lineage. It’s deeply satisfying to our pre-modern selves to organize around a Queen — and essential to our post-modern selves that she not have any real power. The evolution of consciousness has meant a de-evolution of the once absolute power of monarchs. There’s more evolution to come, of course, and one wonders whether, how and over whom our future King George Alexander Louis will reign.

Story #2: Why is Violent Crime Diminishing? (begins at 9:14)
One of the most surprising and encouraging social trends in the developed world has been the drop in violent crime. Regardless of causative issues like economics, unemployment, incarceration rates and policing methods, crime continues a thirty year decline that neither conservative or liberal experts predicted.

My theory is that as the consciousness of modernity comes more stably on-line, people become pacified. It just becomes obvious to us that we’re going to get further through cooperation than through domination — in our personal lives and as a nation. I look at the developmental history of crime and punishment, and consider some emerging integral approaches.

Jeff Salzman worked with Ken Wilber for three years in building Integral Institute. Jeff is cofounder of CareerTrack, one the world’s leading professional-development companies. A long-time spiritual practioner in many traditions, he has a Masters Degree in Indo-Tibetan Buddhism from Naropa University. –

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