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American Public Discourse

The New Illiteracy -- Obfuscation -- Hinders Progress

Richard Steiner | Posted 09.07.2013 | Impact
Richard Steiner

Much has been discussed, rightfully so, about the global problem of illiteracy -- the inability to read and write. But recently, a new and perhaps mo...

Finding Common Ground -- Are There Enough Grownups Yet?

Susan Rhea | Posted 08.12.2013 | Politics
Susan Rhea

So what does work? Short of going to war and wearing everyone down with death, misery, grief, infrastructure and economic ruin, what works? Negotiation. Mediation. Education that you will never get exactly what you want, and I won't either.

Why I Came to Occupy Wall Street and Why I Left: an Introduction

Max Bean | Posted 06.02.2012 | Politics
Max Bean

There are so many things about the movement that people ought to understand but that never get properly expressed in the public discussion or the mainstream media.

I Am Not A Bible-Waver

Rev. Anne Howard | Posted 09.05.2011 | Religion
Rev. Anne Howard

We sure don't need any more screaming. My inbox and my Facebook feed fills up every day with screams from my favorite progressive organizations and people, faith-based and otherwise.

Echoes From Gettysburg: How Americans Embrace Incivility And Ignore The Poor

Richard T. Hughes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Richard T. Hughes

In this second post in a three-part series on civility and the common good, we hear the voices of the two African Americans who gathered at the diner that day.

We Are Not Enemies

Gareth Harris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Gareth Harris

Some people say that America is through, that Americans need enemies to unite them, that if we don't have one, someone will make one up. I don't agree.