Monthly Archives: May 2009

Project Vote Smart

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I’m two and a half hours southeast (I think) of Missoula, Montana, amid dramatic alpine mountains, getting ready for a meeting with the good folks at Project Vote Smart. This is where scores of college interns come … Continue reading

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hard-wired political traits

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Nicholas Kristof in today’s New York Times: If you want to tell whether someone is conservative or liberal, what are a couple of completely nonpolitical questions that will give a good clue? How’s this: Would you be … Continue reading

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with the League of Women Voters

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I’m speaking tonight at an annual meeting of the League of Women Voters in Winchester, MA. I have actually been a member of the League (which doesn’t discriminate by gender) since I was in my twenties. I … Continue reading

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express your views on transparency in the federal government

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0The White House has created a platform for public discussion of “how to make our government more transparent, participatory, and collaborative.” The process is in its first stage, “brainstorming,” and you are invited to participate here. I … Continue reading

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a college curriculum defined by active citizenship

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0This is a complete list of the departments and subject areas that would be offered at an imaginary college. The idea is to provide all the most important fields of study that people need if they want … Continue reading

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Pople Benedict on pluralism

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0According the Ethan Bronner in The New York Times, “On Sunday in Jordan the pope argued that Christians had a role here in reconciliation, that their very presence eased the strife, and that the decline of that … Continue reading

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Leo Strauss, Friedrich Nietzsche

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0One advantage of a blog is the opportunity to rebut. I recently came across the following passage in Catherine H. Zuckert, Leo Strauss: Political Philosophy and American Democracy (2006). (Strauss, by the way, was a highly influential … Continue reading

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a darker As You Like It

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0CELIA: I’ll put myself in poor and mean attire, And with a kind of umber smirch my face; The like do you; so shall we pass along, And never stir assailants. ROSALIND: Were it not better, Because … Continue reading

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in praise of books

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I’m a big fan of the Internet, spending hours a day online, for fun as well as work. I don’t have a Kindle or any other electronic text reader, but I’m sure that I’ll read novels and … Continue reading

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Legislative Aide: a civics simulation

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I haven’t yet blogged about one of our significant activities this spring. We’ve helped partners at the University of Wisconsin to develop a game or simulation for teaching civics in high schools. Students play the roles of … Continue reading

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