A Modest Proposal With Wes “Scoop” Nisker

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America as a Third-World nation? That’s exactly what radio journalist and satirist Scoop Nisker suggests - with tongue firmly planted in cheek. “We should apply to the U.N. for status as an impoverished nation,” he argues, “then build on what we have more of than anybody else - entertainment - and turn the entire country into a theme park called ‘Formerly Great America.’” Don’t miss this romp through the would-be economics of “Zen Socialism” (“From each according to his Karma, to each according to his vibes.”) for a send-up of society’s ongoing international sitcom. Nisker provides the one-liners; you provide the laugh track.


Wes "Scoop Nisker (1942-2023) was a Buddhist meditation teacher, author, radio commentator, and performer. Founder and co-editor of the Theravada Buddhist journal, Inquiring Mind, and an affiliate teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, California. He traveled the world leading retreats and workshops in insight meditation.

He’s the author of:

  • Buddha's Nature: A Practical Guide to Discovering Your Place in the Cosmos (Bantam 2000)
  • Crazy Wisdom Saves the World Again! Handbook for a Spiritual Revolution (Stone Bridge Press 2008).
  • The Essential Crazy Wisdom (Ten Speed Press 2012)
  • The Big Bang, the Buddha, and the Baby Boom: The Spiritual Experiments of My Generation (Iro Books 2013) 

To learn more about the work of Wes "Scoop" Nisker go to www.wesnisker.com. 

Host: Michael Toms   Interview Date: 3-14-1983   Program Number: 1771