23 May '11, 3pm

Great places: reorienting progressive politics for the 21st century via @grist

Great places: reorienting progressive politics for the 21st century via @grist

I asked a while back what new vision or principles could unite the left's fractious coalition. As you probably guessed, I've got a pet idea along these lines. It's a bit out in left field, at least in terms of mainstream political discussion, but I'm fond of it. The bumper sticker version is: great places . Making the places we live and work more resilient, intelligent, productive, and pleasant. Making places that encourage good physical and mental health. Making places with a sense of common purpose, identity, and pride. Making great places. An agenda (loosely) based on making great places is attractive for a number of reasons, which I'll explore in future posts. But one of my favorite things about it is that it cuts across the decrepit political arguments that dominate U.S. politics: small or big government, capitalism or socialism, growth or sustainability. When Obama w...

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grist.org 25 May '11, 12pm

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grist.org 24 May '11, 7pm

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grist.org 03 Jun '11, 12pm

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grist.org 23 May '11, 2pm

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grist.org 01 Jun '11, 2pm

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grist.org 27 May '11, 5pm

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