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Each newsletter is a small act of thinking together, delivered twice a month, that transforms the endless scroll of headlines into questions aligned to American political thought and constitutional thinking.

We believe public dialogue is a civic duty but you need good questions. It’s not talking politics. It’s sharing what we can learn about political life.

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"Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers."

—Voltaire

Our Latest Questions

 

Questions of Civic Proportions: Are We All Going to Get This?

Questions of Civic Proportions for January 12, 2020

It's that time of year again. It might be unique to election years. Let's all join hands or shake our fists or whatever it is you do when we join together to call for better civics. Our country is falling apart, y'all. If only there were an army of civic educators who...

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Questions of Civic Proportions: Are We All Going to Get This?

Questions of Civic Proportions for January 12, 2020

It's that time of year again. It might be unique to election years. Let's all join hands or shake our fists or whatever it is you do when we join together to call for better civics. Our country is falling apart, y'all. If only there were an army of civic educators who...

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Top Issues from 2019

 

Did You See the Magic at your Thanksgiving Gathering? It’s the Cure for Loneliness.

 

When a big holiday meal goes well, we all start to see the magic in a hundred small things.

 

Perhaps your holiday crew avoided political confrontations this year. Or you palyed board games without someone getting their feelings hurt…

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Is Democracy a Call-to-Arms or Something Else?

 

Leoanrd Cohen kept coming at me this week. I’m not his biggest fan, but I’ve figured out that he has something to teach us, something that’s important to hear right now.

 

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What Can We Learn from Thinking in Time, Even for Just a Minute?

 

I haven’t been able to get my bearings on events in northern Syria this week. There’s a book I keep within reach for moments like these. One of the most pragmatic skills of all lies in the study of history and politics.

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Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

 

Robert Putnam blamed television and urban sprawl. When we spend our time commuting or binge-watching, we don’t have time to talk to our neighbors. While most of us know some of our neighbors, few of us interact with them in any meaningful way.

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What can we learn from those questions that keep calling us back to them?

 

We mark a new school year in countless ways… In some of those distant places, we remember a question or an assignment that opened up our mind to discovering something new. The best questions make a lasting impression.

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Time to start telling the truth about the hardest work of democratic life

 

When you step into the arena, you risk everything. No one can tell you what happens next. The work of leading a cause requires a resilience that doesn’t get much air time.

 

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