Civilizing the Economy A New Economics of Provision

True Believers Anonymous

Posted Aug 10, 2011 by Marvin Brown in Uncategorized, No Comments

In light of the mess in Washington D.C, (and elsewhere) perhaps we need some sort of recovery program for “true believers”—a kind of True Believers Anonymous.  It need not follow the famous 12 steps of AA, but it would probably include the following:

  1. Admitting one’s addiction to simple answers, black and white thinking, and only one way of doing things
  2. Recognizing the emotional pleasure in self-righteous behavior
  3. Acknowledging the dependency of one’s self image on treating others as inferior.
  4.  Examining one’s reactions to people who are different
  5. Realizing how group loyalty can override critical thinking
  6. Exploring differences and appreciating them
  7. Engaging in a real dialogue with people who were seen as “stupid” or as “socialists.”
  8. Finding support groups (perhaps new friends) that honor differences and can handle disagreement

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Marvin T. Brown, Ph.D teaches business and organizational ethics at the University of San Francisco and Saybrook University in San Francisco.

This book is the culmination of 30 years of teaching and writing on business and society from a communicative perspective. Visit for more information.

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