Monthly Archives: April 2007

a youth preamble

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I spent some of the weekend in Wisconsin with Mobilize.org, which is planning to create a “youth declaration.” I couldn’t draft such a document, because it should be written collaboratively by many young Americans–not by one graying … Continue reading

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four years after the “Civic Mission of Schools”

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0(Wingspread, near Racine, Wisconsin) I’m here for a meeting of Mobilize.org, which is working with various partners to try to construct a declaration or manifesto on behalf of the Millennial Generation. Young Americans from across the country … Continue reading

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Iraq: the power of words

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0(From the Avis car rental office at O’Hare Airport, Chicago) Here are two critical issues of terminology that affect our conduct of the Iraq war: Whom are we fighting? Our enemy cannot be defined as the Iraqi … Continue reading

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charter schools: where we stand

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I live in a city, Washington, that is shifting to charter schools. They will enroll a majority of the public school population by 2014 if current trends continue. According to V. Dion Haynes and Theola Labbe in … Continue reading

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celebrity culture and politics

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0The five “most popular” stories on CNN today are: 1. “Judd: How a $10 net can stop a killer” (actress Ashley Judd endorses anti-malaria nets.) 2. “Basinger: I didn’t leak Baldwin phone message” (a domestic spat between … Continue reading

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citizen liaison offices

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0(In Massachusetts) Colleagues and I are looking for policy ideas that would support civic participation. In 1994, in a report for the White House Domestic Policy Council, Paul Light recommended the creation of a “Citizen Liaison Office” … Continue reading

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too much coverage of the Virginia Tech tragedy

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0The amount of coverage has been staggering–dozens of stories per day in the top national newspapers, nightly broadcast news programs that are lengthened by half an hour, 24-hour repetitions of the same information on cable news, even … Continue reading

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The November Fifth Coalition

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0The November Fifth Coalition has just been launched as a collaboration among several major civic organizations (with others to be added to the website very soon). November Fifth is the day after the election. We mean to … Continue reading

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Gonzalo’s commonwealth

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Gonzalo is the most virtuous character in Shakespeare’s Tempest, a man “whose honor cannot / Be measured or confined” (v,1,135-6). He arrives on Prospero’s island in the company of vile politicians who have organized a coup and … Continue reading

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whom does a White House reporter represent?

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Another person who spoke on Saturday at Penn State was David E. Sanger, the chief White House correspondent of the New York Times. After his speech, I asked him whom he thought he represented when he rode … Continue reading

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