Reimagining the Common Good


What is the Meaning Behind These Categories?

These categories are intended to orient you to the substance of the article and to communicate our framework for understanding the endowments that constitute civic life. This “human ecology” model is at the core of the Thriving Cities Project, a research initiative of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture.


The Prosperous

On Technology & Prosperity

An introduction to this week’s Culture Briefing, which addresses both the benefits and the discomfort caused by technological advances.

By Philip Lorish | Vol. 4


The Just

On Difference

An introduction to this week's Culture Briefing, which addresses the question of difference.

By Philip Lorish | Vol. 3

The Just

Up in Arms

This piece attributes some of the basic and abiding challenges to self-governance in America to substantial cultural differences across eleven distinct geographic areas.

By Colin Woodard | Vol. 3

The Good

Ecclesiology of Union, Ecclesiology of Mission

Leithart’s very brief recap of an overlooked work by H. Richard Niebuhr examines the relation of true ecumenism and the church’s mission to the world.

By Peter J. Leithart | Vol. 3

The Good

Mercy and a Manifesto in Charleston

David Remnick places the grace and fortitude of Mother Emanuel and her people within a historical context, reminding us that moral cultures develop over time.

By David Remnick | Vol. 3

The True

On Language

An introduction to this week's Culture Briefing, which is organized around a theme: the cultural power of language.

By Philip Lorish | Vol. 2

The True

Not a Very P.C. Thing to Say

Jonathan Chait argues that the term "political correctness" has been "diluted" to the point of being a threat to liberalism (and thus many of its most ardent supporters).

By Jonathan Chait | Vol. 2

The True

In College and Hiding from Scary Ideas

In this New York Times op-ed, Judith Shulevitz challenges what she sees as an ethos of crippling over-sensitivity in higher education.

By Judith Shulevitz | Vol. 2

The True

I’m a liberal professor, and my liberal students terrify me

A university professor posits a connection between thin popular conceptions of social justice and recent shifts in student-teacher dynamics in higher education.

By Edward Schlosser | Vol. 2


The True

About Culture Briefing

An introduction to Culture Briefing by New City Commons staff member Philip Lorish.

By Philip Lorish | Vol. 1

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