“The persistence of large numbers of homeless Americans is one of the signal policy failures of the past two generations.”1 We are failing to care for our neediest people, and their continuing deprivation and despair stands as a testament to our national hypocrisy. Ending the epidemic of homelessness is therefore not only necessary to alleviate the suffering of the unhoused, it is also crucial to preserve America’s dwindling social solidarity and basic sense of collective civic virtue.
The causes of widespread homelessness are numerous, and the circumstantial plight of individual homeless people varies greatly. The social crisis we currently identify as “homelessness” thus encompasses a variety of distinctly different problems, each requiring its own carefully tailored solution.
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A few weeks before I left California, my wife and I were driving down Telegraph Avenue, the iconic street in Berkeley/Oakland near the University of California that Sixties activism made famous. On this particular afternoon, a man was standing to the side of the busy street, picking up large chunks of wood and throwing them at cars as they drove by him. Was it dangerous? Yes. Could someone have been hurt? Absolutely. Was it sad to see someone in such a troubled state? Definitely. Was he mentally ill, or on Meth, or both? Very possible. But none of that was what truly bothered me on that beautiful summer day. It was my own reaction. A shrug. Resignation. After all, something like this happened every day in our little corner of the Golden State. It was typical. Another afternoon in Oakland. Another day in the Bay.Another dystopian moment in the state that once defined the “good life.”
Episode 19: Capitol riot, one year later. Democracy in peril, fears on the left and right.
In this new live program, Jeff Salzman gives his unique post-progressive take on the news and opinion of the day. This Week in the News will take place live on Facebook every Friday, at 11am MT (10am PT, 12pm CT, and 1pm ET). If you miss it live, you will be able to watch each episode on the Post-Progressive Facebook Group or here at the Post-Progressive Post.
The Post-Progressive Club (PPC) is a new nonprofit membership association for people who identify with the emerging post-progressive perspective. Through conversation and fellowship, we are exploring and advancing a new kind of cultural and political higher ground.
This series of graphics shows how America’s three major worldviews—progressive, modern, and traditional—map onto the familiar political spectrum of left and right. As journalist George Packer writes in The Atlantic Magazine, there are now “four Americas,” which he labels Just America, Smart America, Free America, and Real America. We identify these same categories as Caring Values, Fairness Values, Liberty Values, and Heritage Values.