Cultural historian Morris Berman first studied mathematics at Cornell University and then did a Ph.D. in the History of Science at Johns Hopkins University. He is an academic and a humanist cultural critic who specializes in Western cultural and intellectual history.
He taught at a number of universities in Europe and North America and written a number of books including Dark Ages America: the Final Phase of Empire (discussed in episode 321) which analyzes contemporary US society by comparing it to the fall of the Roman Empire. His thought has been sidelined by commercially controlled media because of its counter-cultural message, and is under-represented on WWW - for example, this page is in the top 10 Google search results for "Morris Berman"!
He has been living in Mexico for some years and has said that he regrets waiting so long to leave USA. His most recent book, published in 2011 is Why America Failed: The Roots of Imperial Decline, in which he looks at the fall of the American soul, and offers a remarkably bleak prognosis for life in USA. He speaks on the contents of this book in one of our most popular episodes, episode 580.