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An Introduction to Our Purpose & Interests

“What is my problem?”

“What do you have to do with it?”

“Given my problem and your implication in it,
what should I do next?”

 

Every human being repeatedly asks questions like these. The motive is obvious. In the process and under the pressures of living together with others we must each learn about our own situations. Problems large and small are inexorable. Everyday inquiry of this sort is inevitable. We ask questions.

There are many ways to do this. It happens from different positions within our common world and with different objectives in view. A person seeking to grow a business might inquire from the position of Executive or Employee. A person seeking to maintain a family might inquire from the position of Parent or Child. Student and Parishioner, Worker and Volunteer, Member of teams and parties and clubs and gangs, indeed everyone who seeks to solve a problem, must engage a form of inquiry that is apt to their specific situation and position. Read more

Civic War and the Monocratic Tendency

Of the several motives there may be to resuscitate the Cold War, the one I want to focus on here, a particularly powerful and iconic one, has been nurtured in the political culture of our constitutional system. It is to be found in the function of the Executive. It has emerged from the flexibility and reach of the Executive as that branch of government has gained greater access to enlarged emergency powers. This enlargement of power has an effect on the Executive as an office. Officeholders easily develop, so to speak, an addiction to their own extensive authority…

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Civic War and the Monocratic Tendency is excerpted from “Civic War and the Corruption of the Citizen