Reimagining American Community
Jan
20

Living in the New “Pre-History”: An Interview with Gar Alperovitz

We are in a strange form of crisis which will neither end in societal collapse (as in the Marxist model) nor success (as in the liberal model) nor in some conservative model. Instead we’re caught in a never-never land of sustained stagnation and decay—which I argue is a very unusual s
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Jan
20

Rueful in Rome

Rome too hasn’t got it all figured out. It has its homeless. It has its graffiti – a whole lot of it, in the best (or worst) traditions of any Brooklyn train yard.
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Jan
18

Affection and Property

Last April, I had the immense pleasure of attending the annual Jefferson Lecture, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The 2012 honoree was Wendell Berry. The title of his talk was “It All Turns on Affection.” In the following quote, Berry (with the help
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Jan
18

The Idea of a Sabbath Economy: A Theological Framework for Economists

I will suggest that a Sabbath economy must start as a local economy, an economy attuned to the limits, possibilities, needs, and desires of local communities and habitats.
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Jan
17

Culture Critic

Lasch made the case that the Reagan revolution failed to conserve neighborhoods, communities, and families from the corrosive affects of the corporate state. Instead, the New Right mistakenly preached “the code of the cowboy.”
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Jan
13

Radical Traditionalist

Despite his protestation that, “the more traditionally I speak, the more radically alien I become”, his thoughts fell decidedly outside the mainstream.
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Jan
10

True Prep: 10 Ways to Prepare for Something Other than Armageddon

My dad has also always been a bit of a prepper: the paradigmatic what-to-prep-for item for him is a renewed Nazi seizure of power, which is the basis for his NRA membership, and which he is wont to bring up at odd times to explain things like his love of having many jars of peanut but
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Jan
10

Labor and Beauty

Simone Weil’s distinctive amalgam of admirers -- which ranges from Catholic popes to Marxist critics and includes writers as diverse as Albert Camus and T.S. Eliot--provides already a hint as to why Weil inspires many of us here at Solidarity Hall.
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Hurricane Sandy
Jan
09

An Aside on New Urbanism, Post-Sandy

In this report, Philip Berke and several colleagues present their research on how New Urbanist design has (or has not) been used to promote community resilience in the face of natural disaster.
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Jan
08

Talking Back to Aristotle

“Man,” said Aristotle, “is by nature a political animal.” Wait. No, he didn’t. What he said was, “anthropos phusei politikon zoon,” and you might just as well translate that as “man is by nature an animal that lives in cities.” We read it as saying something about-- oh, voting,
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Jan
07

Meta-Economics

In the history of what has come to be called the New Economy movement, only one representative figure has actually been invited to the White House by a U.S. president for a chat: E.F. Schumacher. The latter's half-hour meeting in 1977 with Jimmy Carter, alas, did not signal a watersh
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Jan
07

Between State and Market: Robert Nisbet’s “Quest”

2013 marks the 60th anniversary of the publication of Robert Nisbet’s landmark book, “The Quest for Community: A Study in the Ethics of Order and Freedom.” Over the years, Nisbet has sometimes been cited as a father of postwar American conservatism, and “The Quest for Community” haile
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