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John Winthrop

The Myth Of The Self-Made Man

Slate | John Swansburg | Posted 10.01.2014 | World

In 1990, Susan Orlean published a book called Saturday Night, in which she set out to document how Americans spend their weekly reprieve from work. ...

Why I Shall Become an American

Robin Koerner | Posted 03.18.2014 | Politics
Robin Koerner

Sometime toward the end of this year, I shall become an American citizen. A few of my European friends look confused when they realize that I go around the world expounding the importance of liberty -- and yet choose to live in the U.S.

American Exceptionalism, The Good Kind

Mike Lux | Posted 06.19.2013 | Politics
Mike Lux

While, on one level, Elizabeth Warren's speech was the classic kind of post-tragedy speech you would expect from a politician who represents the place the terrible events happened, full of praise for the courage and resolve of her home state's people, she did something more.

The U.S. Is Not 1 Nation, But 2

The New Republic | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 10.18.2012 | Politics

This election, we’ve heard a lot about divisions that define America. First it was the 99 percent and the 1 percent. Then it was the moochers and th...

Who Would Winthrop Choose?

Saladin Ambar | Posted 10.15.2012 | Politics
Saladin Ambar

How has the Progressive Party of the Social Gospel gone so far astray of Winthrop? How have so many rewritten Winthrop to serve a "Civil body corporate"?

Is America A Christian Nation?

David Lose | Posted 09.02.2012 | Religion
David Lose

Believe it or not, this is a more complicated question than one might imagine. The United States has always been home to a multitude of faith traditions and, indeed, was imagined from the beginning to be a religious haven.

It's Time for All Americans to Occupy Washington, D.C.

John W. Whitehead | Posted 01.11.2012 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Wall Street may embody corrupt business practices, but Washington, D.C., is where the collusion between government and business occurs, and that is ultimately what the Occupiers should be targeting.

Waiting for Jeremiah

Terry Newell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Terry Newell

Tea Partiers may have neither the wisdom nor self-restraint to right the moral ship of state. But when reason and patience fail, the call for a Jeremiah to administer the call for repentance grows.

Today In History: John Winthrop

Sophie Pollitt-Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Sophie Pollitt-Cohen

Winthrop, the first governor of Massachusetts, used the metaphor City on a Hill." He advised the colonists to be a model community, as the whole world was watching them. Even when they showered. Especially when they showered.

Mr. President, 'Change' Is Your 'New Frontier'

John R. Bohrer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John R. Bohrer

The Republicans' strategy of slowing down change couldn't be more evident than in the perpetually extending health care debate. But they have been successful at promulgating the idea that they, too, are touting change.

Obama's Rhetorical Inspirations: Presidents, Poets, and Hobbits

Aaron Zelinsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aaron Zelinsky

Here are the ten sources behind the most memorable lines of Obama's address.

We are like a city on a hill

Logan Nakyanzi Pollard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Logan Nakyanzi Pollard

This election will show the public's choice, its mandate for the type of leader it wants to deal with complex issues, like why people use terrorism as a tactic to dialogue with those in power.