Since human beings settled into communities — that is, since most of us stopped being hunter-​gatherers — a primary goal of mankind has been to improve how we are governed. We wanted governments that were more representative, fair, and efficient, governments that could improve our economic circumstances and defend themselves (and us) from outside influence or destruction.…

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  • Issue Quarter Between the Issues
  • Issue Year 2017
  • Sub Heading On Populism, Part III
Civilization is like a very fine suit of clothes that is just slightly too small for us. The term “populism” derives from the Latin, populus, meaning “people.” It doesn’t mean “people” in the sense of “There are a lot of people who don’t read my blog.” It means “people” in the sense of…

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  • Issue Quarter Between the Issues
  • Issue Year 2017
As many consider year-​end charitable gifts, one old Pittsburgh company with a new name is spurring new ways to build a better community.

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  • Issue Quarter Winter
  • Issue Year 2016
I was dining the other night at Poros, the fourth Downtown restaurant opened by Yves Carreau. The elegant new space connects PPG Place and Market Square, and as I watched passersby outside the wall of windows, I was struck by how much Pittsburgh has changed. Soon the ice rink at PPG Place will…

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  • Issue Quarter Winter
  • Issue Year 2016
  • Sub Heading It’s taken decades, but it’s finally arrived
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