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What is Democracy?

The Struggle to Awaken to a Larger Life

The carnage of a Trump Presidency, the division and chaos and twisting of the truth, have brought us to a point of deep introspection, forcing all of us, even against our will, to confront the question of who we really are, both as individuals and as a nation. It seems clear that we are going […]

The True America

The Original & True Dream of America. James Hilgendorf is a filmmaker, speaker, poet, and the author of ten non-fiction books.

America, Without Borders

Here in America, it’s time for a great renewal and rebuilding. James Hilgendorf is a filmmaker, speaker, poet, and the author of ten non-fiction books.

The Springtime of America

A vision of life and of the heart that has never before unfolded. James Hilgendorf is a writer, speaker, poet, and filmmaker. His books cover a wide range of subjects – religion, politics, economics, science, social issues, the future of America. A highly-acclaimed filmmaker, his travel films and documentaries have been seen around the world. […]

So This Is What It Has Come To

All around us, we see chaos growing, divisions, loss of hope; but this is the time also to forge out new beginnings and a new world. It’s a time full of great promise. James Hilgendorf is a writer, speaker, poet, and filmmaker. His books cover a wide range of subjects – religion, politics, economics, science, […]

America & the Gods of War & Gold

We have lavished our money and resources upon everything but the people. Wars, Afganistan, Irag, trillions of dollars, devastating our economy, destroying the future of our youth, enriching the coffers of munitions manufacturers, builders of atomic and hydrogen bombs, helicopters, tanks, automatic rifles, armored personnel carriers, we are in perpetual war, supported by a war […]

Time of Destruction, Time of Rebuilding

James Hilgendorf is a writer, speaker, poet, and filmmaker. His books cover a wide range of subjects – religion, politics, economics, science, social issues, the future of America. A highly-acclaimed filmmaker, his travel films and documentaries have been seen around the world. He is a long-time member of the SGI, or Soka Gakkai International, the […]

Climate Change – A Spiritual Transformation Needed

I came across this quote from Gus Speth, Co-Chair of The Next System Project, an initiative of the Democracy Collaborative, which aims to find ways of addressing the systemic changes needed to overcome the challenges the United States faces now and in coming decades. “I used to think that top environmental problems were biodiversity loss, […]

America Reborn

James Hilgendorf is a filmmaker, speaker, poet, and the author of ten non-fiction books.

Letter to the Heartland

I grew up my first eighteen years in a small town in Indiana, and cherish my experience there – so much so that in my early fifties I spent a year at my own expense traveling all around the State, talking to people and producing a one-hour film on Indiana that was subsequently written up […]