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Put down the damn phone! The Bob Putnam Plan for a Better America

It’s no secret that there is something going on with the civic social structures in America today. While it may be attributed to more than just the fact that Americans don’t attend as many dinner parties or Kiwanis meetings, there has certainly been a decline in trust in our institutions, organizations, and our neighbors. It […]

“Essential” Conversation: A Review of “The Lies That Bind”

Kwame Anthony Appiah’s “The Lies That Bind: Rethinking Identity” is an incisive look into identity and its meaning for political conversations today. He helps to define identity, to look at different constituents of identity (religion, race, nationality, culture), and to try and find a place for identity in our consciousness. It is at once a […]

Stories: How to Save America, One Conversation at a Time

“…tolerance and civility are too low a standard for a great country based on competitive excellence. You need to be grateful for the other side, just as you should be grateful for having more than one team in your favorite sports league.” Arthur C. Brooks Historically¬†America has had a problem with racism against people of […]