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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Labor in Today’s Vineyard

Malesic argues that the dignity of work is derived from the dignity of human beings, not the other way around.

By Jonathan Malesic | Vol. 62

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What It Means to Be a Senior in the Gig Economy

Seniors who earn income from “gig economy” platforms like AirBnB and Uber are more dependent on that income than younger Americans.

By Eric Morath | Vol. 62

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On Work and Growing Old

A summary of this week’s pieces, on the cultural effects of the shift toward “flexible capitalism.”

By Philip Lorish | Vol. 62

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26 overdoses in just hours

A devastating account of the human and social costs of the opioid crisis in Huntington, West Virginia.

By Andrew Joseph | Vol. 60

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Interview with J.D. Vance

Vance is the author of a new memoir, Hillbilly Elegy, a poignant reflection on the daily experience of American rural and small-town life.

By Rod Dreher | Vol. 60

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The Families That Can't Afford Summer

As Dell’Antonia reminds us, the very idea of “summer break” is premised upon the availbility—and affordability—of childcare.

By KJ Dell’Antonia | Vol. 52

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The Secret Shame of Middle-Class Americans

According to a recent survey, 47% of Americans would struggle to come up with $400 in an emergency. Would you?

By Neal Gabler | Vol. 46

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Could You Come Up With $400 If Disaster Struck?

Neal Gabler, author of the Atlantic article above, speaks to NPR about America’s epidemic of economic vulnerability.

By Radio IQ | Vol. 46

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The Promise of Thrift

What is thrift? Historically, it’s not just about self-denial, but about the habits of wise use and stewardship required for thriving.

By Joshua J. Yates | Vol. 46

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The astonishing human potential wasted on commutes

Americans spend an astounding amount of time traveling to and from work. But would driverless cars humanize the workday, or simply extend it? 

By Christopher Ingraham | Vol. 44

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