Michael D. Purzycki

Work and Fairness: Different Visions, Same Values

Perhaps more than any other Western democratic people, Americans revere work. This is not surprising, given our history. Unlike the aristocratic European societies that colonized the Western Hemisphere, where unaccountable noblemen gave the order to work to their peasant subjects, and where labor was carried out for the benefit of society’s rulers, the United States …

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Against Confederate Monuments

The views expressed in this article are those of the author, and are not indicative of any official positions of Braver Angels or The Conversation. This Piece is part of a symposium. The other two parts can be found at the links below. Understanding Confederate Monuments Waffling Over Confederate Monuments   Growing up in New …

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Outsiders and Communities: Comparing Immigration and Gentrification

Image: Joseph Vorves (CC by/nc/sa) Change is a constant in the United States, including changes in population demographics. Whether it is immigrants arriving on our shores, or Americans moving from one part of the country to another, our history is full of people who are unsatisfied with their conditions, and who decide to settle somewhere …

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Patriotism and Diversity, Shallow and Deep

What we need is a deeper patriotism and a deeper diversity, each of which values citizens as individuals with their own combinations of values and beliefs, instead of pigeonholing them or criticizing them for failure to live up to our preconceptions.