Monthly Archives: August 2006

being smart as well as quick

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0It’s pretty obvious that the Bush Administration will try to counter public dissatisfaction with the Iraq war by calling critics “appeasers,” “quitters,” and the like. It is also obvious that the national Democrats, having gone through the Swift Boat … Continue reading

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ACLU v NSA, on appeal

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0Maybe it’s because I still have a summer ‘flu and a fever, but I find this very funny:

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new thoughts on canvassing

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0Dana Fisher’s book, Activism, Inc.: How the Outsourcing of Grassroots Campaigns Is Strangling Progressive Politics in America, is about to appear with a blurb from me on the back cover: For idealistic young progressives today, there is basically only … Continue reading

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Fahrenheit 102?

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0I like to post here every work day, but a ‘flu that has been going around our family has hit me, and I’m too feverish to think straight. Having checked my email, I’m going back to bed.

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another argument for redistricting

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0Growing up in a politically competitive community turns out to have important educational advantages. Gimpel, Lay, and Schuknecht find that young people who live in communities with competitive elections are more knowledgeable about politics, more confident in their own … Continue reading

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how to respond to the terror risk

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0A diverse range of people are arguing that we have overreacted to terror threats after 9/11. Their arguments include the following: The statistical risk of being killed by a terrorist is very low. As John Mueller writes in a … Continue reading

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citizen news projects

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0People frequently send me links to websites on which citizens (not professional journalists) present local news. Two recent examples from my inbox: Corpus Beat is an impressive site from Corpus Christi, TX, with news articles, blogs, photo competitions, and … Continue reading

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two dates to save

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0OCTOBER 3: CIRCLE TO RELEASE NEW COMPREHENSIVE SURVEY OF YOUTH CIVIC ENGAGEMENT At the National Press Club in Washington, DC on October 3, from 9:30-11 am, CIRCLE will release findings from a major survey that includes numerous indicators of … Continue reading

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Iraq: the next tragedy

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0Daniel Byman and Kenneth Pollack’s editorial in Sunday’s Washington Post prompts some questions that I have not seen discussed elsewhere. Why have we not seen the long columns of refugees in Iraq that are typical of civil conflicts? What … Continue reading

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Erik Erikson on youthful fanaticism

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0Reading Erik Erikson’s “The Eight Ages of Man” (1966) for other purposes last night, I came across an eerily prescient* passage on p. 290 that could describe the young British citizens who are alleged to have plotted to blow … Continue reading

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