Book and Article Shout-Outs

The Fourth Turning: Out of Crisis, a New Social Contract

If you read one book this year, let it be The Fourth Turning: An American Prophecy by William Strauss and Neil Howe. Published in 1997, it is truly a prophecy. One that gives us perspective and much to think about. Perhaps a sense of direction, if we choose to use the political and Covid crises as silver…

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Defining “a Democracy”: It’s Not Just The Vote

An essential read for Americans is The Future of Freedom: Illiberal Democracy at Home and Abroad by Fareed Zakaria. Zakaria examines why institutions are so essential to real freedom, much more than voting. You won’t take freedom of speech, a strong judicial system, and other rights we enjoy here for granted after reading this.

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Understanding Our Civil Rights, Constitution, and Democracy

We are both blessed to enjoy and trained to defend and guard our civil rights. We applaud or condemn the actions of our Supreme Court. Or our Congress or President. Lucky us to be able to do this protest and criticism so freely and publicly without fear of arrest, assassination, or execution. How well do…

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Books to Reduce Polarization and Enhance Constructive Debate

Aaron Burr may have sung about being “in the room where it happens” in Hamilton. In the room where that pivotal event happened, a compromise struck over a meal at Thomas Jefferson’s. (There’s a book about that! Dinner at Mr. Jefferson’s. The wines, the food. Only three people. No servants present.) In a democracy, it’s…

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