It’s quite likely that politics and public policy will be sources of frustration for many Americans for years to come.
But even if Washington, D.C., remains frozen tundra for people who want to improve the nation, powerful culture change is within reach. As you are about to read, we’ve been in this position before. And the clear lesson of history is that there are many paths to progress other than those that run along the Potomac. There are precedents and prior triumphs we can copy, and many places we can productively invest to make our country better.
This short book explains how citizens have repeatedly used voluntary action, private giving, and the processes of civil society to dramatically elevate our society. In eras when our national prospects were considerably bleaker than they are now, Americans found effective ways to solve their problems. It can happen again.
This book offers inspiration and a practical roadmap for the next generation of patriotic philanthropists willing to organize, spend, and act to refine the United States of America, even in an era of political frustration.
Karl Zinsmeister oversees all magazine, book, and website publishing at The Philanthropy Roundtable in Washington, D.C. He also founded and advises the Roundtable’s program on philanthropy for veterans and servicemembers. Karl has authored 12 books, including the monumental Almanac of American Philanthropy published in 2016, a book on donor funding for public-policy change, a book on philanthropic support of charter schools, two different works of embedded reporting on the Iraq war, a storytelling cookbook, even a graphic novel published by Marvel Comics. He is creator of the “Sweet Charity” podcast, available on iTunes or at SweetCharityPodcast.org. He has made a PBS feature film and written hundreds of articles for publications ranging from the Atlantic to the Wall Street Journal. Earlier in his career he was a Senate aide to Daniel Patrick Moynihan, then the J. B. Fuqua Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and editor in chief for nearly 13 years of The American Enterprise magazine. From 2006 to 2009 Karl served in the West Wing as the President’s chief domestic policy adviser and director of the White House Domestic Policy Council. He is a graduate of Yale University, and also studied at Trinity College Dublin.
Dedicatory poem O For A Voice by William Blake
A Tribute to Dorothy Day from authors Prologue, Rags of Time: A Season in Prison
Jim Wilson Gets Three Years, December 1966: reports on the trip to Newark, NJ, with Dorothy Day and Pat Rusk to witness one of the first draft card burners sentencing.
The Fast and the Waters, March, 1967: the story of a two-week fast by Catholic Workers at the National Shrine in Washington, DC.
Chrystie Street, May 1967: Describes the daily routine of workers in their various settings at the Chrystie Street House of Hospitality.
Rangers Riot, Strikers Suffer, Chavez: We Will Endure, June, 1967: reports on a melon strike in Rio Grande City, Texas; the strike-breaking activities of Texas Rangers, Chavezs intervention.
The Powerless Blacks On Long Island, July 1967: reports on unorganized farm workers and conditions in labor camps on potato farms.
Chrystie Street, July 1967: Living with violence during Summer of Riots.
Men of the Fields on the Pavements of New York, September 1967: reports on visit of California farm workers to the Worker, their base as they organize Hunts Point Market.
Delano: The City and the Strikers, November 1967: report on Chavezs community and headquarters, Forty Acres, in Delano, CA.
Chrystie Street, November 1967:reports on FBI agents infiltration of our soup line.
Chrystie Street, December 1967: Story of Mama, an aged neighbor and daily guest of our house, her disappearance, and our discovery of her.
A Man and a Vision, December 1967: reports on one of the volunteer laborers at Forty Acres, Emil Flackner, a plasterer.
Chrystie Street, January 1968: describes Death and the Christmas season at the House.
A Response to the Resistance, January 1968: a speech by author at the Eastern Conference for Non-Cooperation with Selective Service, October 30, 1966
Chrystie Street, March 1968: report on Bowery men.
Chrystie Street, April 1968: on the assassination of Martin Luther King.
Chrystie Street, June 1968: a letter about the House to Jim Wilson, CW editor, in prison at Allenwood Prison Farm.
Miller and Kelly Jailed, July, 1968: Miller was the first to burn his draft card, Kelly was a beautiful soul.
Che and the Revolutionary experience, July-August 1968: a discussion of Ches Diary in terms of aspects of a revolutionary way of life.
36 East First Street, September 1968: a report on the move to the new House, new volunteers, the authors arrest and indictment.
36 East First Street, November 1968: facing winter in the new House on the Bowery.
Cogley and the Relevance of Radicalism, November 1968: a response to an article critical of the CW by a former Catholic Worker.
36 East First Street, December 1968: Letter to Dan Kelly at Allenwood Prison Farm.
Jailed Editors Write, February 1969: Letter from author to House from Federal House of Detention in New York City.
Three Prison Poems, May, 1969: Ways of Doing Time, To My Wife, and Prayer.
Post-Prison Poems, February 1971: Soup line Revisited, In Deerfield, Massachusetts.
John Dunn Hunter: Victim and Measure, September 1973: A review of Richard Drinnons White Savage: The Case of John Dunn Hunter, and in response to Wounded Knee II.
The Monument, June-July 1983: a report on a visit to the Vietnam Memorial.
The Face of Falsehood, March 1987: excerpt from my 1986 work, a literary study of Melville and Hawthorne.
A History of Abandonment, June-July 1991: an article in response to the Iraqi War.
In Defense of a Generation of Objectors, 1997: a response to a military mans criticism of those who refused to fight in Vietnam.
An Open Letter to the Catholic Worker, 1998: a defense of Dorothy Day in response to Cardinal OConners effort to pursue canonization of her as the pat
"Big government didn't work," says veteran journalist and political analyst Marvin Olasky. "And it is clear that a new paradigm for responding to national crisis has emerged. Private and faith-based organizations have stepped in and politics will never be the same."
This is a riveting account of the war in Iraq moving north with the 82nd Airborne. Units of the 82nd depart Kuwait and convoy to Iraq's Tallil Air Base en route to night-and-day battles within the major city of Samawah and its intact bridges across the Euphrates. Boots on the Ground quickly becomes an action-filled microcosm of the new kinds of ultramodern war fighting showcased in the overall battle for Iraq. At the same time it remains specific to the daily travails of the soldiers. Karl Zinsmeister, a frontline reporter who traveled with the 82nd, vividly conveys the careful planning and technical wizardry that go into today's warfare, even local firefights, and he brings to life the constant air-ground interactions that are the great innovation of modern precision combat.
What exactly does it feel like to travel with a spirited body of fighting men? To come under fire? To cope with the battlefield stresses of sleep-deprivation, and a steady diet of field rations for weeks on end? Readers of this day-to-day diary are left with not only a flashing sequence of strong mental images, but also a notion of the sounds and smells and physical sensations that make modern military action unforgettable.
Ultimately, Boots on the Ground is a human story: a moving portrayal of the powerful bonds of affection, trust, fear, and dedication that bind real soldiers involved in battle. There are unexpected elements: The humor that bubbles up amidst dangerous fighting. The pathos of a badly wounded young boy. The affection openly exhibited by many American soldiers--love of country, love of family and hometown, love of each other. This is a true-life tale of superbly trained men in extraordinary circumstances, packed with concrete detail, often surpassing fiction for sheer drama.
The Almanac of American Philanthropy was created to serve as the definitive reference on America's distinctive philanthropy. Upon its publication it immediately became the authoritative, yet highly readable, 1,342-page bible of private giving—chronicling the greatest donors in history, the most influential achievements, the essential statistics, and summaries of vital ideas about charitable action.
Now there is this new Compact Edition of the Almanac. It offers highlights of the crucial information and fascinating arguments contained in the full-length Almanac, in a condensed format. All updated to 2017!
This book was written to help donors navigate all of those obstacles. It draws on deep history, and rich interviews with the very best practitioners of public-policy philanthropy in America today. Whatever your aspirations for U.S. society and governance, this guide will help you find the best ways to make a difference.