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Civil Squared: Knocking Down the Past

Are you old enough to remember this picture? When I think about the Iraq War, it is the image I associate with it. Whatever happened before April 9, 2003 and whatever happened after that day, I can’t disentangle that image from my memory of the war. Maybe you’re...

Civil Squared: Unleashing innovation

When I think about economic growth, my first thought is not government stimulus checks. While government assistance may be vital in the middle of a crisis, it’s hard for me to imagine a recovery that is driven by politicians or policymakers. Instead, I think of...

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 council members in Minneapolis have pledged to “dismantle” the city’s police department; there are calls for defunding...

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 to you and your community. We believe those conversations are vital to the building and maintenance of a free society,...

Civil Squared: It’s not too late

We recently launched an advertising campaign on Facebook encouraging people to subscribe to this very newsletter, and our ad copy boldly claimed, “We’re reviving civil conversation in America.” Some of you may have responded to those ads. Several people commented on...

Civil Squared: Baseball, voting, and self-government

This week's issue of Civil Squared is from the Center of the Study of Liberty's Director of Outreach, Beth Erber. Don’t take me out to the ball game The rules of the game haven’t altered, exactly: there will still be two teams, meeting on the same playing field,...

Civil Squared: “Essential” business, tough decisions, and plans for re-opening the economy

What is “essential”?  I used to teach philosophy to college students, and that’s the kind of question that would often draw blank stares. Inevitably, after lots of silence and a little eye-rolling, some student (often, with a big sigh) would reply, “It depends.” In an...

Civil Squared: Shortages, N95s, and market failures

Meat shortages, toilet paper rationing, and not being able to get tested for a common illness: if I’d listed those things six months ago and asked you to guess the place I was describing, I bet you would not have replied, “My neighborhood.” Maybe you would have had a...

Civil Squared: How do we handle the “infodemic”?

My house has been relatively peaceful lately, but the world still seems awfully noisy. Phones buzz throughout the day with news alerts, most of which are discouraging and some are just confusing.  I want answers to what seem like pretty straightforward questions. Now...

Civil Squared: What does justice look like during a pandemic?

No exaggeration - I think I've probably read at least a hundred articles about the effects of COVID-19 on the economy. I feel like I now know an awful lot about the impact of the virus on healthcare. But until my colleagues brought it to my attention this week, I'm...

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