That Was Zen, This Is Now

Jerry Brown returns as, of all things, a party regular

During two terms as Governor of California and two failed bids for the presidency, Jerry Brown, to some, symbolized visionary political leadership. To others, unmoved by his fascination with Buckminster Fuller's visions of the future and the small-is-beautiful theories of E.F. Schumacher, Brown was a weirdo they called "Governor Moonbeam." After losing a 1982 run for the Senate to San Diego Mayor Pete Wilson, he dropped out of politics and set off on the political equivalent of a penitent's sojourn in the desert. He went to Mexico to learn Spanish, studied Zen meditation in Japan and worked with Mother Teresa in...

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