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.

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Vocation & the Common Good: Victor Boutros

Victor Boutros is the founding director of the Human Trafficking Institute, where he equips law enforcement agents with the tools needed to end trafficking and slavery.

By New City Commons | Vol. 102

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On Poverty and Housing

Why can’t the poor afford the housing they need? Part of the problem is that tax policies intended to incentivize homeownership disproportionately benefit wealthier homeowners, and provide no support to poor renters.

By Philip Lorish & Madison Fisher | Vol. 95

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Busted: America's Poverty Myths

Gladstone explores the myths around poverty in America, highlighting the systemic nature of poverty and the public assumptions of how people become and stay poor.

By Brooke Gladstone | Vol. 95

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How Homeownership Became the Engine of American Inequality

Matthew Desmond, Pulitzer Prize recipient for his book Evicted, takes on the question of housing and inequality directly in this featured piece.

By Matthew Desmond | Vol. 95

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America Is Still the Future

British-born writer Andrew Sullivan offers one immigrant’s perspective on what it means to be (and to become) an American.

By Andrew Sullivan | Vol. 83

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Immigrant Mother in Denver Takes Refuge as Risk of Deportation Looms

Jeanette Vizguerra—a mother, immigration advocate, and former small-business owner—is currently seeking sanctuary in a Denver church.

By Julie Turkewitz | Vol. 83

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I'm an Iraqi who risked my life for America. Trump’s visa ban puts my family in grave danger.

How a displaced Iraqi who worked with the U.S. Army experienced the recent immigration restriction.

By Zakariya Al Sagheer | Vol. 83

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It’s Working Out Very Nicely

NPR investigates the rollout of the recent immigration order, and how it affected hopeful immigrants around the world.

By This American Life | Vol. 83

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Untangling the Immigration Debate

Sanneh steps back from the daily polls to provide a judicious and straightforward distillation of the basic arguments around immigration policy in the United States.

By Kelefa Sanneh | Vol. 82

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Vetting the Executive Order

A detailed and helpful explanation of the executive order by an international human rights lawyer, introduced by a conservative Catholic professor of jurisprudence.

By Robert P. George & Angela Wu Howard | Vol. 82

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