In recent years, many Americans, particularly young ones, have become obsessed with the push for larger government, intrigued by promises from politicians to give them everything they’re simultaneously being told cannot be achieved without government. The allure is unsurprising given that the transition into adulthood is, for most, an exceedingly trying time, one defined by a unique lack of resources and influence.
So far, when talking about public and private issues, I have brought up such larger-than-life issues. These are important. Just as important, though, are the small ways in which the private sector oversteps its bounds into our life. With that, I wish to bring the issue of American “third places” to light.