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[Ed note: The Citizen is hosting its inaugural Ideas We Should Steal Festival on November 30th, at Drexel University’s Mandell Theater. Chris Hughes will talk with bestselling author Anand Giridharadas on creating economic equity in Philly and elsewhere. See here for tickets and info.] We live in the richest country on Earth at its richest … Continue reading Ideas We Should Steal Festival 2018: A Fair Shot for All
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When hearing about the Goodfellas that want to get you to talk, you might conjure up images of Robert de Niro, cocaine, and dead bodies in a trunk as seen in the 1990 mob drama. But the barbers at the Goodfellas barbershops in Little Rock, Arkansas, are literally “good fellas,” and they do more than … Continue reading Ideas We Should Steal: Barbershop Confessions
Last month, the Inquirer ran a prominently placed story about the quaint Main Line borough of Narberth, the first town in Pennsylvania to ban plastic straws. It quoted residents celebrating how the community had “come together” to “push something through on the environment.” Curiously, the story did not at all inspect the effects of what … Continue reading The Politics of Good Intentions