The real divide in America isn’t political, it’s philosophical. The true polarization is between those who believe in politics and those who believe in personal development. In other words, the polarization is between the belief in individual power and the power of the group. To be healthy, a balance between the individual and the group is necessary. That’s why American needs to have a conversation about politics and personal development. In this podcast, Léandre Larouche, founder of Trivium Writing and author of the forthcoming book The End of Nonsense: How to End Political Nonsense With Personal Development, interviews politicians, political candidates, and other key actors in society about their viewpoints, their ideas, and their philosophies. Using the frameworks he lays out in his book, Léandre gets real with his guests, gives them a non-partisan platform, and cuts through the nonsense by asking questions that focus on what matters. The premise for this podcast and for The End of Nonsense is that there are eight constituents of the world: the individual, the family, the community, the society, the state, the civilization the species, and infinity. This premise has several implications: A) Politics means the study of the constituents of the world and their relationship B) Your politics means the way you view constituents of the world and their relationship C) Political debates mean disagreements about the constituents of the world and their relationship D) Being political means having opinions on the constituents of the world and their relationship E) Being a politician means legislating upon the constituents and their relationship. The second premise to this book and podcast is that there are four groups of people, with different levels of collective and personal responsibility: Group 1 - Takes neither personal nor collective responsibility. (Apolitical by ignorance.) Group 2 - Takes personal responsibility but not collective. (Apolitical by choice.) Group 3 - Takes both personal and collective responsibility. (Political by choice.) Group 4 - Takes collective responsibility but not personal. (Political by ignorance.) Get ready for profound and challenging conversations around politics and personal development!