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

Libertarian Charles Murray: The welfare state has denuded our civic culture

On the Libertarian Right, theorists like Charles Murray advocate for the UBI as a replacement for the vast majority of government-administered social programs.

By Charles Murray | Vol. 86

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Life, Liberty, and a Little Bit of Cash

On the Social Democratic Left, the UBI does not necessarily replace the modern welfare state, but merely supplements it.

By Sean Butler | Vol. 86

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This Kenyan village is a laboratory for the biggest basic income experiment ever

On the Philanthrocapitalist Right, some are making direct donations to individuals as a way to alleviate need and encourage innovation.

By Dylan Matthews | Vol. 86

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India flirts with a UBI

On the Humanitarian Left, the case for the UBI is about building a commitment to social justice into a society’s political self-understanding as its economy modernizes.

| Vol. 86

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Our Miserable 21st Century

Eberstadt argues that conventional accounts of unemployment tell us far too little about the state of work in America.

By Nicholas Eberstadt | Vol. 85

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An Economist On The 'Miserable 21st Century'

Eberstadt expands on themes from his recent book, Men Without Work: America’s Invisible Crisis.

By Nicholas Eberstadt | Vol. 85

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The Future of Work: The Digital Hustle

Ticona reminds us that, for many, “flexible capitalism” makes constant connectivity not just a bad habit, but an economic necessity.

By Julia Ticona | Vol. 64

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Life at the Nowhere Office

The modern office is committed to the ideals of dynamism and mobility. But what’s lost when we banish clutter?

By Miya Tokumitsu & Joeri Mol | Vol. 63

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Why Do We Work So Hard?

Our work commitments influence a whole host of decisions about other features of our lives—including the cities in which we choose to live.

By Ryan Avent | Vol. 63

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The Next Industrial Revolution

New technologies may soon create an over-abundance of labor. Is the modern economy prepared to adapt? Are humans?

By Derek Thompson and Ryan Avent | Vol. 62

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