by Rebecca Gordon
Recent American failures to control vigilante violence, provide public services, and reach common decisions are indicative of a failing state; addressing demands of the Black Lives Matter movement will push America to rebuild its capacity to work for the common good.
by Elizabeth Stice
While the generations of the past sought to establish public institutions, in our era, there is a relentless push for more privatization, far beyond the postal service.
SOURCE: The Atlantic
October 1, 2019
by Sanford Levinson
The system is rigged, and it’s the Constitution that’s doing the rigging.
SOURCE: Washington Post
by Jamie Pietruska
Since the 19th century, Americans have benefited from access to rigorous, unbiased statistics about our foodways.
by Andrew Fletcher
The film screening gave viewers a chance to ask questions and tell their stories. The Lavender Scare is set to premiere on PBS on June 18th.
SOURCE: Financial Times
by Edward Luce
In an ever more algorithmic world, Americans increasingly believe humanities are irrelevant.
SOURCE: Chronicle of Higher Education
by Daniel Bessner
Were Mills and Chomsky correct to assume that radical intellectuals could have little effect on U.S. policy?
What the battle between Herbert Hoover and FDR can teach us.
SOURCE: Pacific Standard
No one has ever shut down the government before over a single issue. Plus: What's special about this incoming class of congresspeople.
by Dale Schlundt
While we feel elements of failure and despair during a shutdown, it is also illustration of the fundamental brilliance of our Republic.
More than one year into Donald Trump's presidency, Americans' satisfaction with their national government shows no signs of improving.
by David Goldfield
How? The accomplishments of government in the two decades after World War II provide a blueprint.
SOURCE: Reason TV
One computer expert working alone has built a historic newspaper site that's orders of magnitude bigger and more popular than one created by a federal bureaucracy with millions of dollars to spend. Armed only with a few PCs and a cheap microfilm scanner, Tom Tryniski has played David to the Library of Congress’ Goliath.Tryniski's site, which he created in his living room in upstate New York, has grown into one of the largest historic newspaper databases in the world, with 22 million newspaper pages. By contrast, the Library of Congress' historic newspaper site, Chronicling America, has 5 million newspaper pages on its site while costing taxpayers about $3 per page.[*] In January, visitors to Fultonhistory.com accessed just over 6 million pages while Chronicling America pulled fewer than 3 million views.
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