Culture and Society

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    Private philanthropy and government contracts

    John Hood highlights two traditions that have shaped philanthropy today in its quest to provide public goods through private action. The compassion tradition, which in the West had its origins in Jewish and Christian history, reflects our efforts to alleviate suffering, save lives, foster virtue, and restore what is broken.
    Joseph Coletti, February 21, 2018
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    Do Boring Things

    Kevan Kjar has helped me understand a lot about the importance of telling a story. Like all good advice, I heed it more in the breach. Kevan has some stickers printed with the phrase “Do Hard Things.” Yes, there’s a story behind the sticker. Reading the review…
    Joseph Coletti, February 16, 2018
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    Walsh: Policies and politics cannot remove evil from the world

    Unlike those who have quickly politicized yesterday’s shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, Matt Walsh offers a different take.  In his latest column, “This Is Not About Politics Or Policy. This Is Evil. And Evil Is Everywhere,” he writes, I have sometimes noticed in myself the…
    Terry Stoops, February 15, 2018
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    “Bike Equity” Now An Issue In Some Cities

    Stateline reports: Philadelphia was the first U.S. city to incorporate bike equity into its planning from the start, said Steve Taylor, spokesman for the League of American Bicyclists, a biking advocacy group based in Washington, D.C. Waffiyyah Murray, program manager of Philadelphia’s Better Bike Share Partnership, said city officials…
    Donna Martinez, February 15, 2018
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    Seems Like It Would Be Easy To Quantify Someone’s Income, But It’s Not. Here’s Why.

    Lots and lots has been written and debated about “income inequality.” Our friends on the Left believe government should intervene via mandates on employers and higher tax rates on high earners in order to make things more “fair.” Free-market conservatives, on the other hand, want to bolster an opportunity society…
    Donna Martinez, February 9, 2018
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    You Know You’re Tired, But Do You Realize You Might Be Unethical, Too?

    I had to scratch my head recently when Hasbro announced the debut of a cheater’s version of Monopoly. Yes, I know, it’s all in fun. But I had to wonder if this isn’t reflective of the gradual decline of ethics in our daily lives. Now comes this story about…
    Donna Martinez, February 8, 2018
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    Trump: A Dominant Political Figure, Even in the UK

    Following a visit to the UK, Andy Taylor reflects on how President Trump is viewed in the UK, and how he impacts the political debate. Britain’s Right is using Trump as a kind of model. Reading conservative newspapers there is to listen in on conversations among Americans supportive of many…
    Donna Martinez, February 1, 2018
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    Private action succeeds more than government

    Philanthropists, social entrepreneurs, and politicians in a Philanthropy Roundtable video explain why private actors have done and can do better than government in addressing social problems and building social capital. Andy Smarick notes that civil society has been responsible for the many of the “most important things that have happened…
    Joseph Coletti, January 31, 2018