Perhaps certain regressive taxes are fine. Perhaps all of them are, if we're consciously balancing them against our progressive income tax code. Problem is, we're almost completely oblivious to the regressive aspects of our tax system.
Today, it seems to be all about self. What can my country do for me: A long list of "I want" -- presumed entitlements, as rights, by virtue of American birth. The "home of the free and land of the brave" lost to narcissistic death spiral.
Civic Studies also includes other traditions of theory and practice such as critical theory, community organizing, popular education, and interpretative social science, which recognizes the importance of different kinds of knowledge and different ways of knowing, not simply scientific or academic knowledge.
Civic studies is an emerging intellectual and civic movement focused on human agency and citizens as co-creators. As I argued recently civic studies shares with Pope Francis' climate encyclical and his recent speeches a strong emphasis on the problem of what Francis calls "the technocratic paradigm."
It appears as if ‘tiny homes’ could be the solution to a very big problem.
Is a "billionaire's club" conspiring to help the environment? A new report by the Senate minority's Environment and Public Works committee called "The Chain of Environmental Command: How a Club of billionaires and Their Foundations Control the Environmental Movement and Obama's EPA" says yes.
As a former intern at the MTA, I have seen first-hand that the constant lack of funding and political pressure to cut costs are beginning to take their toll on the condition of critical infrastructure and rolling stock.
There was an infectious spirit at the Public Theater's free Public Works' production of The Tempest -- so much of it was joyous it was hard not to just go with it.
It's time for a "New Deal" for American infrastructure. Direct intervention will provide Americans with more than new highways and bridges -- it will create family-sustaining construction jobs en masse and set into motion a multiplier effect that will ripple across the economy as a whole.