Pubs, Coffeehouses, and Democracy

In the Center for Public Justice’s Capitol Commentary, Matthew Kaemingk looks at the importance of pubs and coffeehouses for democracy and community: Democratic theorists lament that too many Americans now exclusively receive their political news and analysis through ideologically narrow sources. As Americans continue to construct tighter and tighter ideological echo chambers for themselves, many wonder how [Read More...]

What’s in a Village?

Here’s something interesting that I hadn’t thought about: the importance of villages, not just cities, to a culture. This comes up because China, apparently, is losing its villages at an exponential rate, as people move from farm to city – a loss of about 300 villages a day between 2000 and 2010: Why are villages so important? [Read More...]

Batkid Saves San Francisco

If you skipped the Internet this weekend, you might have missed Batkid. And that would be a mistake. On Friday, the city of San Francisco (in partnership with the Make a Wish Foundation) transformed into Gotham to help fulfill the wish of a five-year-old boy with leukemia to be Batman for a day. Here’s a [Read More...]

Across the Dividing Lines

At Christianity Today‘s This Is Our City project, they’re asking a provocative question: can urban and suburban Christians agree? One of the most powerful and effective promises given to the Church is the power of agreement. A supernatural force is released from heaven and revealed on earth when believers decide to faithfully and intimately agree [Read More...]


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