The Cheating Culture author David Callahan addresses America's cheating epidemic. Cheating has become more common in nearly every sector of our society: business, education and sports. While there have always been those who cut corners, Callahan shows that cheating on every level from the highly publicized corporate scandals to Little League fraud has risen dramatically in the last two decades. Why all this cheating and why now? Is it a dog-eat-dog economic climate? How much has rising economic inequality and insecurity contributed to cheating? Have Americans lost faith in the social contract and the rules governing society, so that they feel more license to cheat and make up their own rules? Come hear how this epidemic of cheating threatens the level playing field so central to American democracy."
David Callahan is a co-founder of Demos and now edits the Demos blog PolicyShop.net. David is the author of eight books and his many articles have been published in such places as The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Nation, and The American Prospect.
He is also a regular commentator on television and radio programs and a frequent public speaker. David's research and writing has focused in several areas. He has written extensively on taxes and fiscal policy, the social safety net, financial reform, regulation, and trade and globalization. In addition, his research has focused on issues of values and ethics.
He is the author of The Cheating Culture: Why More Americans Are Doing Wrong to Do Well as well as The Moral Center: How Progressives Can Unite America Around Our Shared Values. His latest book Fortunes of Change: The Rise of the Liberal Rich and the Remaking of America was published in 2010.
David has also written several books on U.S. national security policy, including Unwinnable Wars: American Power and Ethnic Conflict.
David received his B.A. at Hampshire College and his Ph.D in Politics at Princeton University.
David DeCosse brings a background in publishing, teaching, and ethics scholarship to his role as director of campus ethics programs. Formerly the newsroom manager of Ascribe Newswire, DeCosse began his career as a reporter in New York state.
He also worked at Doubleday Books, where he edited But Was It Just? Reflections on the Morality of the Persian Gulf War and Lead Us Not Into Temptation: Catholic Priests and the Sexual Abuse of Children by Jason Berry. DeCosse has taught in the SCU Religious Studies Department since 1999.
As director of campus ethics programs, he coordinates all of the Center's programs for faculty, staff and students, including Ethics at Noon, the Regan Lectures, and the Hackworth fellowships.
A graduate of Harvard University in English and American Literature, DeCosse has a master's in journalism from Columbia University, a master's in theology from Fordham University, and a doctorate in theological ethics from Boston College-Weston Jesuit School of Theology.
David Callahan, co-founder of the think tank Demos, discusses a culture of corruption that continues to permeate Wall Street stock market investing. Callahan argues that reward is far too great for investors not to cheat.