Human Dignity, Riots, and the Fragility of Civilization (And win a book on American mythmaking!)

Human Dignity, Riots, and the Fragility of Civilization (And win a book on American mythmaking!)

Infusing goodness, beauty, and truth into our public discourse Issue No. 10 Gracious Reader, We find ourselves in a dark moment. The protests against the grave racial injustices in our ...
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A Book Deal, the Rebirth of American Civic Life, an Exciting Forthcoming Announcement, and the Winner Is…

A Book Deal, the Rebirth of American Civic Life, an Exciting Forthcoming Announcement, and the Winner Is…

Infusing goodness, beauty, and truth into our public discourse Issue No. 11 Gracious Readers, Apologies for the summer hiatus of this monthly missive! Despite the lockdown, the summer was full, ...
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Amidst the COVID 19 Pandemic, Americans Are Filling the Gaps

Amidst the COVID 19 Pandemic, Americans Are Filling the Gaps

Infusing goodness, beauty, and truth into our public discourse Issue No. 9 Gracious Reader, In a matter of weeks, the COVID 19 crisis has upended life as we know it ...
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The Mellifluous Echo of the Magnanimous Soul

The Mellifluous Echo of the Magnanimous Soul

Infusing goodness, beauty, and truth into our public discourse Issue No. 8 Gracious Reader, On Tuesday morning, January 21st, my grandmother passed away after a months-long battle with cancer. She ...
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The political philosophy of manners—and a chance to win a new book on how to start a Renaissance!

Infusing goodness, beauty, and truth into our public discourse Issue No. 7 Gracious Reader, Merry Christmas! I hope you had a wonderful holiday with loved ones. Among the many things ...
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Make “Porching” Great Again

Novak 2019 FellowshipIt is my profound honor to have been awarded 2019 Novak Fellowship for my original journalism on American civic renewal. Run by The Fund for American Studies and ...
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Can Popular Art Revive American Identity?

Can Popular Art Revive American Identity?

Debut on Fox News Has our existential crisis of meaning in America contributed to mass shootings? Why is American health care so expensive? It was great to discuss these important ...
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The Re-Opening of the American Mind

The Beauty of Front Porch CitizenryIt’s been my pleasure to help curate an art and rare books exhibit that will help revive a conversation about a shared American identity. There ...
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Zuckerberg, The Digital Gutenberg

Zuckerberg, The Digital Gutenberg

Zuckerberg: The Digital GutenbergI had the privilege of spending time in Aspen last winter to partake in a Socrates Seminar—a program of the Aspen Institute—that discussed the changing role of ...
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In Search of the American Character

Better Angels DebatesI was recently commissioned by California's Independent Institute to profile initiatives across the country trying to heal our public discourse. In my first profile, I featured Better Angels ...
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Welcome to CIVIC RENAISSANCE

Your time is your most valuable of possessions, and with these posts I hope to make these musings worth your while. I promise you ample insight from the wisdom of ...
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