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Mental health has always been a problem for a segment of Americans.  The pandemic, political polarization, and now inflation have increased the size of that segment substantially, turning what Freud called the "oceanic experience" of oneness into relentless waves of PTSD...

As the Founders created their new form of government, they quickly realized the need for checks on its power, from which emerged, most sweepingly, the 1st Amendment. But as our democracy comes under fire, the role of the media as defender has been subject to...

Many of our earliest flags and symbols were arboreal for good reason; like a tree, our democracy has sheltered us from the elements and spread wide to embrace all denizens, but some today fail to understand the common imperative of trees and democracy, seeing the...

We've been told repeatedly in recent years that we're living in an increasingly Orwellian Brave New World, which might be true if Orwell and Huxley had been dropping acid as they wrote.  Fiction is becoming stranger than truth--and being perceived as true in the eyes...

As the conflict in Ukraine continues to evolve, it increasingly 'spits bars' from our own history and experience. Cumulatively, its inflections and outcomes may represent turning points in democracy's struggle against authoritarianism, both domestically and around the world...

With Russia’s invasion of the Ukraine, an entire era reached forward from the past to prove Faulkner right and push us all backwards and off-balance. Do we still have the collective resolve to move this nation and the world forward?...

As we reach the end of another tumultuous year, it's clearly time for taking stock in advance of even more critical times ahead.  Nothing better indicates the urgency of doing so than this recent poll result: 71% of Republicans believe our democracy is under major threat....

At a time when mistrust is at its highest levels since the Civil War, we have to work together like we haven't since World War II.  New understandings and new forms of engagement are going to be necessary in all sectors...

Normally we put this issue out in early January, but this year, 2020 lasted longer than usual, all the way to December 51st.  The good news is that even though 2020 seemed to go on forever, it produced many ideas and initiatives worth re-sharing...

Out of the tumult of 2019 have emerged many inspiring stories and ideas, which we celebrate with our second annual "best of" edition, recognizing both the posts and stories you, our community, liked best (based on your clicks) and those that were our favorites....

Since his election, the current President and his administration have fractured American democracy and divided its citizenry, most painfully and personally along generational lines. The steps that citizens of all stripes and ages are already engaged in to insure an unbroken arc of progress in...

"It's a republic, not a democracy" say the defenders of minority rule, sliding into authoritarianism. For the founders, and Noah Webster after them, there wasn't remotely as much daylight between the two as seems to have opened up since.  There are serious questions now about what our democracy...

It was an American, General Douglas MacArthur, who coined the phrase “rules are made to be broken.” Rule breaking and rule rewriting have been American traditions since the founding of the nation. But the tension over what rules to change and how to change them...

Issues of opportunity, the common good, and government’s role in promoting each have been fundamental since the founding of the Republic. How they are addressed and who benefits has not always been simple or straightforward, a dynamic that continues to the present day...

The Greek root for "-topia" is "topos," which just means "place," as in "topography." As we map the future, whether technology will produce a utopia, a dystopia, or just what a techtopia is generically--a technology place, a world of tech--is very much in human hands...

It's customary for many publications to wrap up the year with "best of" lists of one kind or another. For each of our standard categories, we present the articles that you liked the best--people's choice--followed by our "editor's choice...

The November elections were like rains in California fire country, or calm blue skies in Florida after a monster tropical depression. When we survive a brush with death in a natural disaster, our task turns to assessing the damage: what's broken, what can be...

People are saying' we can't tax (or spend) our way out of the challenges ahead of us. They're right. To take on problems that seem so much bigger than we are, we can't just eat the pie, we have to make it bigger. We explore...

Announcing the Frank Islam Institute for 21st Century Citizenship, created to address an increasing civic engagement deficit and enhance the concept of citizenship for the challenges and opportunities of our times...