Welcome to Breaking Ground
How can Christians realize the promise while avoiding the pitfalls of political parties and partisanship—and, in the process, help our society do so as well?
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COVID-19 has been apocalyptic for the liberal arts in higher education, presenting a cliff made still taller by a powerful protest movement. How might those invested in preserving the liberal arts proceed? Watch this roundtable conversation on the future of the liberal arts, featuring Jessica Hooten Wilson, Francis Su, Jeff Bilbro, David Henreckson, and Anne Snyder.
Expanding the Conversation
- Celebrated political economist Nick Eberstadt wins this year's Irving Kristol Award, and in accepting the honor, offers two tales of two very different paths for America post-COVID. One involves a future of stagnation and division, and the other a future of revitalization and hope. The choice is ours to make.
- This year has revealed that the American way of life is “either unattainable, unaffordable or uninspiring for many,” writes Emma Green. Is it time to build radical forms of community? And can we do so without losing our civic vocabulary and empathy for one another?
Francis Fukuyama gives a robust defense of liberalism in his opening manifesto for American Purpose, a new magazine. Liberalism works slowly, concedes Fukuyama, and never perfectly, but remains our best framework for minimizing social conflict.
Gladden Pappin argues that state masking regulations are an undue imposition on the independence of the church.
Antonio Gramsci once wrote, “The crisis consists precisely in the fact that the old is dying and the new cannot be born; in this interregnum a great variety of morbid symptoms appear.” How is online life breaking our old political order, and are we able yet to see a new world on the other side?
Levels of trust in this country—in our institutions, in our politics, and in one another—are in precipitous decline. And when social trust collapses, nations fail. Can we get it back before it’s too late?