Reimagining American Community
Mar
23

Dorothy’s Place #6: Matt Bruenig

Pete and I interview Matt Bruenig, founder of the People’s Policy Project, a think tank which hopes to avoid corporate capture by using crowd-funding for support. We gab about stuff like universal basic income, social wealth funds, and why libertarianism seems cool when you̵
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Feb
23

Dorothy’s Place #5: Rosalie Riegle on the Catholic Worker Movement

An oral historian in the tradition of Studs Terkel, Rosalie Riegle has written books on the history of the Catholic Worker movement, the non-violence movement and women’s history. We also talk about the organizational lessons of the AA movement and Douglas Rushkoff’s terri
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Jan
23

Dorothy’s Place #4: Nathan Schneider

We talk about a wonderful essay collection by localist Bill Kaufmann called Look Homeward, America and the neighborhood microfunding project called Detroit Soup before talking to Nathan Schneider about his days caught up in the middle of the Occupy encampment in NYC, platform cooperat
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Nov
23

Dorothy’s Place #3: Whatever Happened To Polish Solidarity?

A quick chat about the most successful world-changing non-violent movement in modern history. Talk about your solidarity.
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Oct
23

Dorothy’s Place #2: Elizabeth Bruenig

We chat with Liz Bruenig about the religious left, the “dirtbag” left, St. Augustine, the “nones”, the trouble with meritocracy, Gar Alperovitz’s Next System, and a great new book called Ours to Hack and to Own.
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Sep
23

Dorothy’s Place #1: Matthew Loftus

Our debut effort, talking with Matthew Loftus (of the Doctors Without Boredom blog) about from everything from healthcare in East Africa to Japanese social coops to a book on how this country’s old system of federated organizations used to work.
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Oct
27

Does North American cultural history provide for a ‘third option’?

There is an ideal of peace, order and good government in Canada which is in some ways profoundly conservative, yet which opens itself up to considerations of social embeddedness and common good that have largely been the stock-and-trade of the political left. There has been, in short,
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Oct
21

Moral Hyper-complexity and Collapse

This post is adapted from the essay, “Babylon’s Falling: Recovering an Exilic Christian Consciousness,” which appears in Radically Catholic in the Age of Francis: An Anthology of Visions For the Future, published by Solidarity Hall. In the summer of 2014, the Vatican
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Oct
16

Primitive and Irrational: Autopsy of a Social Dogma

Left to its own devices – and not subjected to political violence or interference from the towns – the economy of the smallholder peasantry is in fact healthy and durable...the Marxist (and, by extension also, the liberal-capitalist) view of the peasant as reactionary, backward, pover
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Oct
02

Systems Thinking and the Practice of Jubilee In “Laudato Si”

Presented originally at the Creatio Conference on September 26, 2015. In this brief presentation, I want to highlight two aspects of the current papacy that have received scant attention, both in Catholic circles as well as in the wider popular imagination. First, I hope to show from
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Sep
18

Who said it: Robert Moses or Wilson Fisk?

Which of the following quotes was said by the midcentury urban planner and archenemy of Jane Jacobs who cleared what he regarded as slums and razed what he regarded as dated architecture with a ruthlessness that has left its imprint on New York City to this day, and which by the "busi
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Sep
15

Henry Miller: Excerpts on a Traumatized Existence

I will never again sell anything, even if I have to starve…I want to prevent as many men as possible from pretending that they have to do this or that because they must earn a living. It is not true. One can starve to death—it is much better. Every man who voluntarily starves to death
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