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Saudi Arabia’s story of development is one of the most interesting on the planet. Its identity stretches from that of a nomad warrior culture, which it was just over 100 years ago, to that of today’s globalised society whose elites are sophisticated and progressive.
On Saturday, Saudi Arabia’s 32 year old ruler, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, arrested dozens of the country’s most influential political and religious figures, including 11 of his royal cousins. It was, according the the New York Times, “the most sweeping transformation of the Kingdom’s governance for more than eight decades.”
The younger generation has hailed the move as part of a much-needed crackdown of economic corruption, which usually happens as a culture moves into modernity. Conservatives see it as a slide into the corruption of sin. In this episode we bring an integral lens to the unfolding situation.
PLUS! Play “Saudi or Trump?”, where we explore the preferred aesthetic of autocrats around the world.
About Jeff Salzman
Jeff Salzman worked with Ken Wilber for several years in building the Integral Institute. He is a co-founder of Boulder Integral, the first bricks-and-mortar venue dedicated to the development of integral consciousness. These days Jeff provides integrally-inspired commentary on politics and culture on Integral Life and The Daily Evolver.
About Corey deVos
Corey W. deVos is editor and producer of Integral Life. He has worked for Integral Institute/Integal Life since Spring of 2003, and has been a student of integral theory and practice since 1996. Corey is also a professional woodworker, and many of his artworks can be found in his VisionLogix art gallery.