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What Will Make Me Grateful?

“The greatest benefits will not bind the ungrateful.” Aesop’s Fables The farmer, finding a frozen snake, pitied him and placed him in his bosom to thaw....

Auld Lame Side

This is what we all need now: a deep belly-laugh.

The Politics of Gratitude: Scale, Place and Community in a Global...

Here is an excerpt from my recently published book: The Politics of Gratitude: Scale, Place and Community in a Global Age. American politics is broken....

Now Let Us Raze Famous Men

He was looking at me with what appeared to be some degree of disbelief.

Impiety and Enforced Forgetfulness

I’m struck at the vanity of those impious folks infatuated with their ability to improve the situation without having first served a long apprenticeship...

Patriotism vs. American Exceptionalism

Do you love America? If so, how much? Do you wear an American flag on your lapel (and look askance on those who don’t)?...

Living Alone

The New York Times recently ran a précis of a book by Eric Klinenberg, a professor of sociology at New York University and the...

American Exceptionalism or a Modest Republic?

If you are planning to run for president, here’s a word of advice: you must assert regularly and with great conviction your belief in...

The Gift of Good Work

What if every day was given to rest, eating, and relaxation?

Ingratitude and the Death of Freedom

The hubris of ingratitude is a caustic acid that reduces all in its wake to the fetid condition of servitude, for a spoiled child needs nothing so much as a master.