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  • Bending the curve toward peace

    From Southeast Asia to Latin America, past conflicts -- conflicts that once consumed the world's attention -- have been overcome. Today's will be as well.

  • The quiet quality that uplifts

    A culture buffeted by conflict, controversy, and coarseness can be improved with one simple ingredient: It's known as philia.

  • When generations make their marks

    Boomers and Millennials are the twin peaks of demographics -- big, influential generations. Right now, though, it's Gen X's moment.

  • Learning from dark pasts

    Looking critically at the past is important. Remembering that the people of the past are people like us is also important.

  • Diversity as the destination

    'Urban pioneering' was about seeking value and variety in forlorn cities. Now that cities are hot again, both those qualities are threatened.

  • What every sport needs

    Every sport becomes more interesting when it evolves beyond a battle of the biggest, baddest, and strongest.

  • Simple good, fair better

    Reforming the US tax code is possible, but it won't be easy. The tax code is complex because the economy is complex. 

  • A debate that demands compassion

    Intensely personal, intensely political, the abortion debate rarely changes minds. The one bright spot: Abortion numbers are falling.

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