American Character–A History of the Epic Struggle Between Individual Liberty and the Common Good

https://www.extension.ucr.edu/pdf/osher/catalogs/index.html?page=4 Spring 2019: American Character—A History of the Epic Struggle Between Individual Liberty and the Common Good “How do we best reconcile individual liberty with the maintenance of a free society?” As outlined by Colin Woodard, John Meacham and E.J. Dionne Jr., and others, this course will explore our evolving history to find solutions to... Continue Reading →

Citizen University’s Civic Saturdays–

"Civic Saturday is a civic analogue to a faith gathering: a gathering of friends and strangers in a common place to nurture a spirit of shared purpose. But it’s not about church religion or synagogue or mosque religion. It’s about American civic religion—the creed of liberty, equality, and self-government that truly unites us. At Civic... Continue Reading →

Represent Us–

https://represent.us Our political system is broken, or so says Represent.Us. Regardless of the source, this thesis certainly needs our attention. On the surface, the organization offers food for thought for those concerned about the apparent dysfunction of our political process and methods of governance. Though well intentioned, it does makes an overly generalized statement concerning... Continue Reading →

Our Culture of Contempt–by Arthur C. Brooks

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/02/opinion/sunday/political-polarization.html?fbclid=IwAR0t4dN76SYMSwq0VcLp_Eo6cjEAwCmpB0SBxksbJRDrFi6fuACkUCgodJg This is a must read. Arthur Brook's focus on contempt does seem to capture the mood of the nation although I would posit, with all due respect to the Civil War, this is not the most polarizing period of American history. It may just be quibbling but the Reconstruction Period, the occupation of southern States... Continue Reading →

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