Monthly Archives: October 2005


Autumn, at least in cultures influenced by Europe, is supposed to be the final season in the annual cycle, an elegaic time in which we savor the last warmth and last color before winter’s death and spring’s rebirth. If fall … Continue reading

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Rosa Parks: two thoughts

1. Until Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat in Montgomery, Alabama, public transportation systems in the South bolstered white supremacy through de jure segregation. Today, Montgomery runs 16 integrated buses, but the larger Alabama city of Birmingham has … Continue reading

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criminalizing policy

I don’t know how many people agree with the following letter in yesterday’s New York Times, but it expresses just the view that worries me most right now: This investigation [of the Plame case] is not simply about the disclosure … Continue reading

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deliberative democracy in the Wikipedia

Most readers of a blog will know what the Wikipedia is. For those who don’t, it’s an extraordinary encyclopedia whose entries are written by anyone who wants to participate. There are no editors–just peer editing by the millions of people … Continue reading

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walking backwards

Ever since I was about eight years old, my routine has always included frequent walks. Even now, my daily commute involves about 50 minutes of walking as well as a Metro ride. The time that I spend alone on the … Continue reading

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Justice O’Connor

At last week’s Steering Committee meeting of the Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools, we were honored by a visit from Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. I don’t want to quote the Justice verbatim, because I’m not sure if what … Continue reading

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a new map of civic renewal

Several times before, I have made “maps” of the civic renewal movement, using software to diagram the links among websites in the civic field. (See this effort and then this one.) Web links are not reliable evidence of collaboration. However, … Continue reading

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network organizations

Today and yesterday, I’m participating in steering committee meetings ofthe Deliberative Democracy Consortium. Tomorrow, I’ll be chairing the steering committee of the Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools. I also participate in three or four other organizations that have … Continue reading

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New Orleans: a youth-led rebuilding project

At CIRCLE, we plan to fund some young New Orleanians who were displaced by Katrina to conduct research on the experience of the disaster. The youth we’re working with happen to have been homeless before the storm, so their perspective … Continue reading

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on overestimating the impact of the press

Paul Krugman wrote in last Friday’s New York Times: Many people in the news media do claim, at least implicitly, to be experts at discerning character — and their judgments play a large, sometimes decisive role in our political life. … Continue reading

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