A Modest Proposal to Un-Divide Our Country

A Modest Proposal to Un-Divide Our Country

How we use the Internet — and for what — has changed dramatically over the past ten years. The same forces that are empowering groups that feel repressed — #BlackLivesMatter, #MeToo, and, yes, #WhiteLivesMatter too — are challenging our ability to relate to one another across identity-based and ideological divides. Here’s what I’d do to change that if you were to give me $50 million.

The Joys and Sorrows of a Small Identity

The Joys and Sorrows of a Small Identity

This past week I’ve been riding my bicycle down from Seattle, along the Oregon Coast, and inland to Klamath Falls where I’ll catch the overnight train to Jack London Square in Oakland, named after one of my favorite fellow wanderers. On day one, I took a...
Walk Around the World

Walk Around the World

The book that captured my imagination most as a teenager was Peter Jenkins' A Walk Across America. In the 1970s, disappointed with the state of the world, Jenkins set off walking with his dog Cooper from upstate New York down to New Orleans and across to the...

Privilege and Anger

I can’t stand the word privilege. I’d rather hear fingernails on a chalkboard. “That’s because privileged people don’t like others pointing out their privilege,” I’m told. That’s probably true, in a way. I have no...
Perhaps in the not-too-distant future

Perhaps in the not-too-distant future

Cindylu inspired me. For the next six weeks I’m going to experiment with blogging like it’s 1999. Each week I’ll publish two short, stream-of-consciousness blog posts that have little to do with my work. Over the past year I’ve been going back...

My Infinity Place

When I visit my infinity place I will recall a quote by Benjamin Franklin: “Life’s tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late.”

What If We Valued Civil Society Enough to Pay For It?

Imagine a civil society organization that did more than publish policy briefs and organize conferences. What if this hypothetical organization of passionate, authentic employees were able to mobilize millions of people when our liberties were at risk, or when there...