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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:
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
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