Resources

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1776 Unites represents a nonpartisan and intellectually diverse alliance of writers, thinkers, and activists focused on solutions to our country’s greatest challenges in education, culture, and upward mobility. It was formed by Black intellectuals in response to the New York Times’ “1619 Project.”

The Academic Freedom Alliance defends freedom of speech by college professors and pushes back against intolerance on campus.

American Purpose is a wide-ranging online journal committed to classical liberal values here and abroad.

The Associated Press still keeps to objective reporting standards, by and large.

The Bipartisan Policy Center is a Washington, DC-based think tank that actively fosters bipartisanship by combining the best ideas from both parties to promote health, security, and opportunity for all Americans, according to its website.

Bruce Springsteen’s “The Middle”. The Boss made an ad for Jeep that aired once during the Super Bowl in February of 2021. Yes, he was selling an off road vehicle, but it’s a powerful message about what unites us.. in the center.

Counterweight takes on Critical Social Justice (sometimes called Critical Race Theory) from a classically liberal perspective, promoting and protecting free speech and opposing repressive actions, especially in academia and the media.

Country1st.com. This website was started in January, 2021 by Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), one of only ten Republican House members to vote to impeach President Donald Trump. His goal is to rekindle traditional Republicanism and to reject Trump’s rightwing populism.

The Democracy Fund Voter Study Group. A super-wonky bipartisan group of analysts dives deep into polling and voter behavior.

The Dispatch sells itself as “fact-based conservative news.” It’s editor, Jonah Goldberg, also has a syndicated column in which he generally lives up to that right-center, even-handed promise.

Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism and Progress. This book by Harvard linguistics Prof. Steven Pinker, published in 2018, makes a convincing case that, since classically liberal, Age of Enlightenment values have taken hold, the world has made rapid progress toward ending war, disease and poverty.

FAIR. The Foundation Against Intolerance and Racism (FAIR) is a nonpartisan organization dedicated to advancing civil rights and liberties for all Americans, and promoting a common culture based on fairness, understanding and humanity.

The Foundation for the Defense of Democracies is a bi-partisan think tank, formed in the wake of 9/11 and focussed on all aspects of national security.

Gun Owners For Gun Safety is a project of former Rep. Gabby Giffords. It advocates for moderate gun control measures.

The Harper’s Letter. On July 7, 2020, a group of several dozen writers, journalists, artists and academics issued a letter in support of free speech and classical liberal values. It’s a simple, but powerful and necessary, statement.

The Institute for Humane Studies stands up for freedom of speech and academic inquiry on college campuses.

The Liberal Patriot. Ruy Teixeira is a political demographer and a Democrat who leans practical.

The Lincoln Project. Now that its primary goal — the defeat of Donald Trump — has been accomplished, this group of traditional Republicans turns its attention to rebuilding a party free of Trump populism.

The Lugar Center maintains an index of bipartisanship, ranking every member of Congress on how well they work with the opposite party.

More in Common. According to its website, “More in Common works on both short and longer term initiatives to address the underlying drivers of fracturing and polarization, and build more united, resilient and inclusive societies.” The organization works in the U.S., Germany, England and France.

New Democrat Coalition. A group of 94 centrist House members who claim that, “the center of gravity among House Democrats is moderate.”

Persuasion is an online publication for people who, seek to build a free society in which all individuals get to pursue a meaningful life irrespective of who they are; believe in the importance of the social practice of persuasion; and are determined to defend free speech and free inquiry against all its enemies.

The Problem Solvers Caucus. Founded in 2017, this group of Democratic and Republican members of the House have worked to find common ground on important issues facing the country.

republicEn. An organization of conservatives working on climate change.

Reuters is a news source that hues pretty closely to traditional objective news reporting values and covers international issues well.

Third Way. A centrist think tank with Democratic roots.

Thomas B. Edsall. Edsall is an especially thoughtful columnist for the New York Times and the author of several books. His weekly deep dives, always relying heavily on studies and academic researchers, concentrate largely on blue collar voting behavior. No one better explains this demographic, without judgement or condescension, then Edsall.

Voice of the People is a bipartisan initiative to promote common ground on specific national issues. Its unique attribute is its “Policy Simulator”, which puts users in the seats of policy makers and gives them a feel for the pressures they face.

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