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Relationships and politics

Relationships and politics

You open Facebook over your morning coffee, looking for signs of life, joy, and human connection. Your normal community activities are cancelled,...

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Civil Squared: Work as therapy

Civil Squared: Work as therapy

Hey, remember February of this year?   Me neither.   I mean, I know it existed, but it’s hard to remember anything that was happening before this...

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Remember 2019?

Remember 2019?

Cast your mind back to the year 2019. I know it seems like a lifetime ago. What were the big news stories of the year? Can you even remember? No...

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Civil Squared: Signs of our times

Civil Squared: Signs of our times

By now, you’ve probably experienced the proliferation of yard signs. They’re all over my neighborhood too.  On one side of my street, for instance,...

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Fear and shortucts

Fear and shortucts

Fear, the air is thick with it right now. And election season seems to exacerbate the problem. Stoking fear may be an effective way to mobilize...

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News you can actually use

News you can actually use

As an avowed hater of email, it’s come as a great surprise to me that one of the ways I get my most interesting and thought provoking reading these...

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Weeding out paranoia

Weeding out paranoia

From a seed of truth planted in the soil of a global pandemic seem to bloom a thousand conspiracy theories. Name any aspect of what’s going on, from...

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Are you a moral grandstander?

Are you a moral grandstander?

Sports may be on an indefinite hiatus, but many of us still find ourselves in the stands, just not the ones you’re thinking about. When’s the last...

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Empathy games

Empathy games

I hate playing board games. Many of my nearest and dearest are highly competitive, strategic thinkers who love them. The pleasure of most board...

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It’s ok to not choose sides

It’s ok to not choose sides

As someone who consumes a lot of news, it’s easy to feel the pressure to have an opinion about everything. And I suspect I’m not the only one who...

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A Tale of Two Coopers

A Tale of Two Coopers

I know it’s been a long summer already (and we’re only halfway through), but if you search your memory you may remember back to Memorial Day weekend...

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Pesky Ideas and Free Speech

Pesky Ideas and Free Speech

Banishing something or someone distasteful from your life is an immensely satisfying experience. I experienced this catharsis myself in January,...

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A time for invention

A time for invention

“Necessity is the mother of invention” goes the adage, and there’s nothing like the spring of 2020 to create all sorts of new necessities.  We’ve...

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Police and Community

Police and Community

What comes to mind when you hear about Flint, Michigan? Probably not anything positive. Maybe the headlines about lead in the water, or profiles...

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Civil Squared: Police Reform

Civil Squared: Police Reform

As protests move into a third week and spread across the globe, discussions about police reform are also increasing in variety and frequency. City...

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Policing reform

Policing reform

Just like the long, hot summer of 1967, the spring of 2020 took a match to dry tinder. In 1967 it was institutionalized unemployment, poor housing,...

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Civil Squared: Raising your hand

Civil Squared: Raising your hand

Our goal at the Center for the Study of Liberty is to give you the content and confidence to engage in civil conversations about issues that matter...

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Adapting to change

Adapting to change

The economist Joseph Schumpeter coined the term “creative destruction” to describe the disruptive force of entrepreneurs creating new, more...

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An opportunity to remove barriers

An opportunity to remove barriers

Despite the ongoing political polarization endemic to the country, we’ve seen a bright spot of agreement emerging the last few years —the need for...

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