I look at the practice of democracy not so much as a fixed set of procedural requirements, but as a process that needs to have certain kinds of symbolic markers and consummations that define where people are in relation to each other.
Those committed to human rights at the global level should seek not to universalize the particular but rather to particularize the universal.
How America has long viewed China exerts no small influence on which path Washington will follow in its material and cultural relations with the People’s Republic.
The author’s interpretive framework truncates the narrative by forcing her to see thick cultural issues only through the lens of social class.
The solution to the unraveling of the social contract of employment may not be to prop up the ailing traditional job but, instead, to imagine what other forms work lives might take.
The self-made man and the confidence man have existed in dialectical tension down to the present.
In the long run, we all pay dearly for the carefully crafted commercial illusion that we can hold people to standards on a selective basis.
How America's corporations lost their public purpose.
Can neoliberalism’s conceptual structure be traced directly to medieval Western Christianity?
The highly abstract and immaterial phantom economy is inextricable from the “real economy.”
Work is not just an economic matter. Beyond survival, a range of other human values and ideals are at stake.
Exploring the bureaucratization of the life of the mind.
There seems to be little agreement on what it is that needs sustaining, let alone how we should go about it in practice.
Is modern-day philanthropy a disease in the democratic body politic?
We at Common Place over the past year read numerous articles on issues facing our cities and communities. Here are our favorite reads.
Cities are increasingly being eyed by tech companies for their social dynamism and ability to generate innovation. This will have tremendous consequences for the future of society.
Whole Foods Market is tired of your “whole paycheck” jokes. Recently, “America’s healthiest grocery store” launched a multi-million dollar advertising campaign titled Values Matter.
Taylor Swift’s recent trademarking frenzy is another example of how artists are scrambling to maintain control over their work in the face of the digital tsunami.
In identifying “the system” as the issue of this election, Trump has managed to find a singular concept by which to encompass issues from wage stagnation to political corruption.
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