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Kettering Review Fall 2010

The Kettering Review is a journal of ideas and activities dedicated to improving the quality of public life in the American democracy. Published by the Kettering Foundation, each issue addresses a single theme, including including the changing roles of the citizen, the press, public leadership, and public opinion. Contributors include a diverse group of American and international educators, historians, philosophers, and social and political scientists. The Review is edited by Robert Kingston and Noëlle McAfee.

The Fall 2010 edition articulates “disappointments in our civic life.”  Below is an excerpt from the introduction…

We at the Review are always proud of our covers—and deeply grateful to the distinguished artists, galleries, agents, and collectors who honor us with the privilege of reproducing their work. Not that they are related to the contents of our magazine, which invariably explore the politics of a public, facing collectively its problems: no summary scrutiny, symbolism, allegory, or judgment is ever to be inferred from or read into those works of art as though they might relate to the subsequent pages of the issue. !e cover provides, let us say, just a moment for an utterly different way of understanding or capturing our human condition. The art is, simply, itself.

All of which notwithstanding … we do remember that the American artist, R.B. Kitaj (who grew up in Ohio, though he developed his art in Britain) did say, in reference to his painting, If Not, Not, reproduced on our cover, that when he had once expressed his admiration for T.S. Eliot’s poem “The Waste Land,” Eliot had said to him that it was “only the relief of a personal and wholly insignificant grouse against life.” Thus, Kitaj wrote, “So it is with my picture.”

Neither artist, of course, had offered either seriously as a statement of his subject or intention; but Kitaj’s comment stayed with us because, in a sense, every essay in this Review—and the issue as a whole—presents to us, as it were, a “grouse.” Or more reasonably put—for ours are reasonable writers indeed—an articulation of what appear to be profound and well-documented ways in which our U.S. democracy today falls short of, or is seriously impedimental to, the ideal practice of the popular, self-governing democracy that we expect to exemplify. 

– Robert J. Kingston, Editor of the Kettering Review

…along with the contents of the journal…

Contents of the Fall 2010 Edition

Editor’s Letter
Robert J. Kingston

The Colonization of Civil Society
Derek W. M. Barker

Philanthropy, Civil Society, and the Commons
Bruce R. Sievers

Inverted Totalitarianism: A Preface
Sheldon S. Wolin

The Evaporation of Politics in the Public Sphere
Nina Eliasoph

Reinventing American Civic Democracy
Theda Skocpol

… afterthoughts
David Mathews

This edition of the journal is currently available as both a free download and in print (also free with shipping) from the Kettering Foundation website.

Resource Link: http://kettering.org/periodicals/kettering-review-2010/

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