Faith (page 7)

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    Patriotic History

    Those who take Eliot Cohen’s classes on strategy and policy become better writers and thinkers themselves as a result of his care for the subject and the English language. Cohen has offered “A Modest Plea for Patriotic History” to provide all Americans, but especially children, examples for our lives.
    Joseph Coletti, March 28, 2018
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    “What Makes Us Equal”

    That’s the title of a thought-provoking article by Frank Buckley. In it, Buckley compares the media’s recent coverage of America’s rural poor, with the way rural poverty was covered in previous eras: After the 2016 election, when white working-class voters turned out for Donald Trump, the New York…
    Jon Guze, March 12, 2018
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    Pill control is not enough

    More widespread availability of anti-addiction medications like methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone would help with the opioid crisis, Sally Satel writes in Politico, as would “a better addiction treatment infrastructure.” Motivated patients also benefit greatly from cognitive behavioral therapy and from the hard work of recovery—healing family rifts, reintegrating into the…
    Joseph Coletti, March 9, 2018
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    Unity in everyday life

    Reading a book on three British perspectives on capitalism from the 20th century, this from 1913 is still good advice: Unity is to be desired in all those matters which involve the everyday life of mankind, not in the sense that all must believe the same things or act…
    Joseph Coletti, February 28, 2018
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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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    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
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    Christianity not dead yet, research confirms

    Glenn Stanton writes at the Federalist website about new research that suggests Christianity remains strong within the United States. Religious faith in America is going the way of the Yellow Pages and travel maps, we keep hearing. It’s just a matter of time until Christianity’s total and happy…
    Mitch Kokai, January 23, 2018