Reimagining American Community
Jan
03

Radical Without a Revolution

It was a mind in which William Cobbett and Dorothy Day could cooperatively stand for the common good. It was simultaneously radical and orthodox, flippant and sincere, democratic and traditional.
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Occupy Dollar
Jan
01

Of liberal equality and inequality

A friend, whom I will call Tina, recently got into one of those unpleasant email arguments with a former schoolmate who was bashing Occupy Wall Street and the liberal left generally. Tina’s sparring partner, whom I will call Fred, is a middle-aged man of good education and, apparently
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Railroad Travel
Jan
01

The Glorious Gift of Space

Travel has, from the beginning of time, involved a significant element of drudgery. Through his innovative strivings, man has slowly eliminated that element of struggle and discomfort. He first subdued the horse and ox; he later harnessed the power of steam; now he has come so far as
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Hurricane Sandy
Jan
01

Sandy Comes to Howard Beach

The water that had seeped into the walls of her uncle's house was frozen. "It’s an icebox," she said, "literally. I bought my dog a sweater. She’s running around, it's so cold... I was worried she would wake up dead." A. has been cold for a long time also. Her bones hurt, she says
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Grant Wood, Spring
Jan
01

Reckoning Time, or Why is this Luddite Corresponding with You on the Internets?

I'm guessing there's at least one person reading this that doesn't already know me. Given that assumption, I'd like to make it clear that I'm talking to you, dear unknown reader. Those that know the particulars--thanks for stopping by, but there's no news here--come back next week.
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Jane Jacobs
Jan
01

Urbanophile

Jane Jacobs was first of all a woman in place. A journalist and architectural critic, and a Greenwich Village matron, she anchored her activism and cultural criticism in her concrete experience of what she called the “ballet of Hudson Street:” the daily dance in which mothers and fath
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Dorothy Day
Jan
01

Doer of the Word

The life and work of Dorothy Day, co-founder of the Catholic Worker Movement, defy easy categorization. She thought and wrote deeply about the social order, but is best remembered as an activist. She was a dedicated revolutionary, but earned the widest opprobrium for her pacifism. She
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G. K. Chesterton
Jan
01

“Unpractical” GKC

When things go wrong, Chesterton liked to argue, we need an unpractical man---a theorist, in fact. That is because false theory leads to bad consequences. Thus the unpractical Chesterton, with his extraordinary scope and comprehensive social vision, is a major inspiration for our inte
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Jan
01

Community Wealthbuilder

Solidarity Hall is hoping to interview Gar Alperovitz sometime in March about his new book, What Then Must We Do: Straight Talk about the Next American Revolution.
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