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 Good

Sebastian Junger Examines Veteran Life After Leaving 'Tribe'

By Sebastian Junger & Scott Simon | Vol. 73

The Good

Sebastian Junger’s ‘Tribe’ examines loyalty, belonging and the quest for meaning

By Sebastian Junger & Jeffrey Brown | Vol. 73

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The Reality of Reality TV

Ours is a society that honors the “special celebration of ordinary living itself”—sometimes, by watching our peers do things we can do ourselves.

By Mark Greif | Vol. 72

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The pleasure of their pain

In Ungar-Sagon’s view, what drives the proliferation of reality TV, and the absurd lengths producers will traverse in search of a niche hit, is our need for catharsis.

By Batya Ungar-Sargon | Vol. 72

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How Large Is the Divide Between Red and Blue America?

One of the most important large-scale trends in American social life is the increasing degree to which we live near people who vote like we do.

By Gregor Aisch, Adam Pearce and Karen Yourish | Vol. 71

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Red Neighbor, Blue Neighbor

As political polarization intensifies, the challenges of neighborliness become easier to avoid—and all the more integral to a fully human life.

By Joshua Rothman | Vol. 71

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Almost There

Roger Angell, who has been contributing to the New Yorker since 1944, described this particular World Series as “three hours of floodlit opium.”

By Roger Angell | Vol. 70

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Baseball’s storyteller, our friend

Vin Scully, longtime voice of the Los Angeles Dodgers, helped infuse baseball with the virtues of gentility and mutual respect.

By George F. Will | Vol. 70

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Chasing Dreams: Baseball and Becoming American

Dreier describes the ways in which professional baseball has addressed social problems directly, often being out ahead of the American public.

By Peter Dreier | Vol. 70

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Signs of Hope for the Renewal of America

Levin speaks about the sources of the social fragmentation on display in this year’s election, and urges us not to despair.

By Yuval Levin & Kathryn Jean Lopez | Vol. 69

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