In light of President George H.W. Bush’s life and legacy, we look back with regret at the lost opportunities from the days of a “thousand points of light.” But perhaps we can look forward to better days for the civic renewal agenda.
Our social contract roots forever privilege the individual, on the one hand, and the state, on the other, which is why institutions in between, like foundations, seem to have a somewhat tenuous legal and constitutional status…
The needs of the poor demand that conservative philanthropists challenge their libertarian, free-market allies, while progressives challenge their well-heeled government allies.
Democratic self-governance is a rare and precious thing, all too readily surrendered by citizens to professional experts who are all too happy to take charge.
A humble approach to giving in the face of a professional philanthropic discourse that continues to be dominated by grand rhetorical flourishes.