Monthly Archives: March 2010

bringing loyalty back

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I understand “citizens” as members of communities (of any size) who take responsibility for building and improving those communities, along with the other members. In his short, classic book entitled Exit, Voice, and Loyalty, Albert Hirschman argued … Continue reading

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10 books that I would like to say influenced me

Facebook17 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 17Various bloggers are listing the top 10 books that have influenced them. Some of these lists look pretty pretentious. I would be the first to admit that the books that have really influenced me are a miscellaneous … Continue reading

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guard dogs, human sleep, and the origins of culture

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0The fossil record shows evidence of domesticated dogs at least 31,000 years ago; the first date of domestication is unknown. Believers in the Great Leap Forward assert that human beings made rapid cultural progress starting about 50,000 … Continue reading

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state, market, and original sin

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Imagine that the pure and original human condition is freedom from all political constraint; and when governments intervene, they introduce arbitrary and illegitimate power. Then the market is Eden and the government is original sin. In that … Continue reading

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on Minnesota Public Radio

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0From 9 to 10 am Central Time today, I’ll be on Minnesota Public Radio’s show called Midmorning with Kerri Miller. It’s a call-in show, so call in. My fellow guest will be Morley Winograd, co-author of Millenial … Continue reading

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debating Bleak House

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Steven Maloney has a thoughtful post about moral issues in Dickens’ Bleak House. He cites two of my posts on the same subject, so this is a bit of a back-and-forth. I would summarize my thoughts about … Continue reading

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the press turns to explanation, after the decision is made

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0“American consumers, who spent a year watching Congress scratch and claw over sweeping health care legislation, can now try to figure out what the overhaul would mean for them.” — Tara Siegel Bernard, today’s New York Times. … Continue reading

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the changing politics of flagrant rights-violations

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Senators John McCain and Joseph Lieberman recently introduced the “Enemy Belligerent, Interrogation, Detention, and Prosecution Act of 2011” (PDF). This legislation would allow the executive branch to name any person (citizen or non-citizen, whether in the US … Continue reading

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what is a university?

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I’m taking a training course for managers at Tufts, in which I learn techniques for assessing staff performance, mentoring, and so on. The idea is that Tufts University is a single entity that succeeds or fails as … Continue reading

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public deliberation news

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0In lieu of a substantive post on this busy day, some links about public deliberation … A new CIRCLE study finds that reorganizing a high school to encourage daily meetings about school policy boosted voluntary service. … … Continue reading

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