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The Common Good Depends on Government

Michael Lipsky
Chronicle of Philanthropy

Michael Lipsky and Dianne Stewart, Senior Program Director and Director of Public Works at Demos, call for nonprofit groups to lead an effort restore widespread appreciation of the critical role of government as a protector of public values and as a place where Americans come together to solve our most pressing problems.

Even among Democrats, it is hard to find a public figure who focuses on defending the government institutions on which we depend — those that provide for the common good, finance crucial services, protect us from threats we cannot avoid ourselves, undergird commercial transactions, and plan for the future.