I wanted to provide you with a set of essays titled “Grasping and Reducing Poverty in Minnesota” that the Caux Round Table for Moral Capitalism (CRT) and three other Minnesota-based, local think tanks recently released.
From my point of view, the important fact about these essays is the demonstration that collaboration and constructive discourse is both still possible in America and effective.
When one steps back from the infantilism of our current politics and the limited intellectual resources brought to bear on our challenges, the thought easily emerges that maturity of judgment implies ethics and ethics demands consideration of others.
Our powers, to be used ethically, must be under self-restraint and certainly never egregiously dismissive of others.
Thus, our project to engage with the Center of the American Experiment, Growth & Justice and the Citizens League is ethics in action.
We hope this precedent in collaboration can be a model for politics in Minnesota going forward.