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We Believe in Institutions

Comment Magazine, September 2013 Issue

In this issue of Comment we proudly profess that we believe in institutions: minor hockey, the Hamilton Public Library, the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, Surrey Christian School, the Calgary Planning Commission, the United States Congress, the family . . .

Institutions will sometimes be scaffolds to support the weak; sometimes fences to protect the vulnerable; sometimes springboards to pursue new innovation.

In a cynical age that tends to celebrate anti-institutional suspicion, you should resist it—because institutions are ways to love our neighbours. Think of institutions as enactments: not just something we build, but something that we do.

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