This weekend's newsletter: Questions of Civic Proportions on How the Undecided Will Save Democracy

Questions of Civic Proportions: Will the undecided save democracy?
Look around you. We live in a world shaped by “structural stupidity.” Or at least that’s how Jonathan Haidt understands the problem of our “enhanced-virality social networks.”
Why the Past 10 Years of American Life Have Been Uniquely Stupid
It’s not just a phase.

As mentioned in the newsletter. There are problems with Haidt's interpretation of events but the read is definitely a provocative one.

Haidt answers his initial question, “What would it have been like to live in Babel in the days after its destruction?” with a reflection on modern political life that is fragmented and disorienting.


One of our favorite posts: What Makes Reading a Civic Duty?

What Makes Reading a Civic Duty?
Books have lost their audience.The trend is a downward slope no one expects to turn around. Every year, fewer and fewer people report having finished a book. Our lists of leisure time pursuits often do not include “reading a book.”

Let’s make it easier to start thinking together.

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More Questions of Civic Proportions

Questions of Civic Proportions: Can we act now to protect a livable future?
Hurry now! Act quick! This deal won’t last long! That’s what a manufactured sense of urgency sounds like, and we all know it works. Despite this disposition, we know that the failure of urgent calls to action is what best explains the state of our global climate today.
Questions of Civic Proportions: What don’t we understand about power (and gender)?
Who does the laundry at your house? That’s a question that a U.S. Senator asked a woman during her confirmation hearing to serve on the Supreme Court. I think the cringe-response to this exchange between Senator John Kennedy and Justice Amy Coney Barrett crossed party lines.
Questions of Civic Proportions: Where’s the power in the story of who we are?
The stories we tell have incredible power. They become a part of how we think; They begin to shape what we stand for. This, of course, is why we fight over them too. We have a shared belief that it’s vital to get the story right.
Questions of Civic Proportions: Is the American origin story big enough for all of us?
When we recast the origin story of the United States as an unfinished revolution, we reveal a whole cast of heroes we can rally around. The principles they worked to make real also become more central to understanding the story.