By some estimates, three quarters of Americans don't really know their next-door neighbor.
It is intriguing that the Republican presidential candidate who's leading the polls and the Democratic candidate who's close to tying the front-runner are both outliers.
Humans can't flourish without institutions, flawed as they are. Holding them accountable, and increasing their capacity, enhances human life.
Some Americans see themselves as isolated individuals struggling in a forbidding environment. Institutions do things to them, not for or with them.
The emphasis on patients' rights and autonomy has been a weak remedy for medicalized death.
We are living at a time of crisis—a time in which the health (if not the survival) of the entire community of life, human and nonhuman, is at risk." So writes Douglas Sturm in this finely crafted book.