Writers and Readers Week: Ronald Wright
Writers and Readers Week: Ronald WrightAudio interview with Lyndon Hood
Ronald Wright is an award-winning Canadian novelist, historian and essayist. He described his recent book A Short Historty of Progress as "a police profile of a repeat offender by the name of Homo Sapiens". It documents human civilisations' habit of destroying themselves and their environment - an increasingly dangerous habit in these days when civilisation is global.
Wright is in New Zealand for the NZ Post Writers and Readers week. He spoke to Scoop about humanity's history of short-term thinking and the political and economic obstacles in the way of improving things.