Exploring how broad ideas and social forces are shaping our political institutions.
Note #105 - Attempts to shoe horn contemporary politics into a left/right spectrum obscure the real nature of current politics.
Note #104 - National politicians seem to be playing a game that minimizes or disregards the concerns and interest of their local communities.
Note #103 - People working together for the common good build strong democracies. Strong democracies build strong communities and strong countries.
Note #102 - With the benefit of the presumption that we all love our country, we will get through these challenging times.
Writer A. Lawrence Chickering, a conservative Independent activist, began his professional career at National Review and counted William F. Buckley and Milton Friedman among his closest friends. (Learn More)
Attorney James S. Turner, an original Nader’s Raider and progressive Democrat, aligns with the positions of his political allies and friends Ohio Senators Sherrod Brown and the late Howard Metzenblum. (Learn More)
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A carefully reasoned attempt to find common ground between liberals and conservatives, by A. Lawrence Chickering.
How can we benefit from the promise of government while avoiding the threat it poses to individual freedom?
The conservative columnist, William F. Buckley Jr., renews his call for a year of voluntary national service for young people.
We have begun work on a transpartisan bibliography to share books, articles, and other media we find helpful in navigating the complicated political landscape. More info soon!
We see “The Transpartisan Effect” all around us. It plays in our national politics, on the world stage, and in our local communities.
Deploying a civic force would effectively project ‘soft power’ to dramatically improve both the quality and the legitimacy of our governance.
Progressives need to give up promises of centralized, bureaucratic solutions; conservatives need to engage with people based on their common humanity.