Balanced pyramid of pebbles and the identical stones collapsed next to it.

Lessons to be Learned from the Fall of Afghanistan

I think there are a few very broad lessons we Americans can learn from the rapid fall of the Afghan government over the last few days.

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Author Herb Bowie with Golden Retriever Hank

Welcome!

I write as The Practical Utopian because my twin desires are to be:
Down-to-earth — I try to write short pieces explaining big ideas that will be broadly useful;
Idealistic — I write with the goal of helping all of us achieve better outcomes, both for ourselves and for those around us.

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A multiethnic democracy in which no particular ethnic group is in the majority

The simple fact of the matter is that the world has never built a multiethnic democracy in which no particular ethnic group is in the majority and where political equality, social equality and economies that empower all have been achieved. We are engaged in a fight over whether to work together to build such a world.

Danielle Allen, 13 Aug 2017

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The Band and their Next of Kin, photo by Elliot Landy

The Weight

I recently came across the Playing for Change Song Around the World video of Robbie Robertson's composition β€œThe Weight,” and it made me want to think – and write! – more deeply about how this song works, and what it means, and the timeless nature of its appeal.

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