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  • Fear of Falling: Can Making Black Lives Matter Rescue a Failing State?

    by Rebecca Gordon

    Recent American failures to control vigilante violence, provide public services, and reach common decisions are indicative of a failing state; addressing demands of the Black Lives Matter movement will push America to rebuild its capacity to work for the common good. 


  • In Defense of Public Institutions

    by Elizabeth Stice

    While the generations of the past sought to establish public institutions, in our era, there is a relentless push for more privatization, far beyond the postal service.



  • The Constitution Needs Reform

    by Sanford Levinson

    The system is rigged, and it’s the Constitution that’s doing the rigging.


  • Make America Great Again

    by David Goldfield

    How? The accomplishments of government in the two decades after World War II provide a blueprint.



  • Amateur historian surpasses gov't in digitization efforts [VIDEO]

    One computer expert working alone has built a historic newspaper site that's orders of magnitude bigger and more popular than one created by a federal bureaucracy with millions of dollars to spend. Armed only with a few PCs and a cheap microfilm scanner, Tom Tryniski has played David to the Library of Congress’ Goliath.Tryniski's site, which he created in his living room in upstate New York, has grown into one of the largest historic newspaper databases in the world, with 22 million newspaper pages. By contrast, the Library of Congress' historic newspaper site, Chronicling America, has 5 million newspaper pages on its site while costing taxpayers about $3 per page.[*] In January, visitors to Fultonhistory.com accessed just over 6 million pages while Chronicling America pulled fewer than 3 million views.