Monthly Archives: October 2010

J├╝rgen Habermas approves this message

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I expected my morning newspaper to bring stories about angry American voters and American politicians behaving ridiculously: data about the state of our democracy. I did not expect to see a wide-ranging essay on German democracy by … Continue reading

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civic health in the states

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0The National Conference on Citizenship has partnerships with 17 states or large cities that are releasing glossy, detailed reports on their own communities’ “civic health.” My organization, CIRCLE (with funding from the federal Corporation for National and … Continue reading

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what the markets think about the election

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I was in a foundation board meeting today, in DC. We heard the usual presentation from investment advisers about the state of the endowment and the future of the markets. Their boilerplate document treats as a positive … Continue reading

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trying to look at the Empire State Building

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0(Washington, DC) Over the weekend, I finished Mark Kingwell’s excellent book Nearest Thing to Heaven: The Empire State Building and American Dreams. By coincidence, I spent today in an office three blocks south of the actual Empire … Continue reading

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a map of the civic renewal field

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0If there is not yet a civic renewal movement, there are certainly many organizations and individuals devoted to fair, deliberative, transparent, participatory democracy. If we hope to build a movement, it is important to understand these groups, … Continue reading

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economic stimulus, compared

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0A New York Times news article asserts that Keynsianism is being ignored in Europe. Instead of stimulating their economies by borrowing and spending or cutting taxes, European governments are tightening their belts. Writing specifically about the looming … Continue reading

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the proper role of experimentation in social reform

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0 The country needs and, unless I mistake its temper, the country demands bold, persistent experimentation. It is common sense to take a method and try it: If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But … Continue reading

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youth voting in the news

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Here I am on CBS News, talking about youth voting: We’ve been doing a lot of press work, and reporters’ main questions seem to be: “Why are young people disconnected?” and “What will the decline in their … Continue reading

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deliberation on campuses

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0“Public deliberation” is a positive synonym for “talk”; and definitions of “public deliberation” tend to list positive characteristics like fairness, non-coercion, freedom of speech, seriousness, relevance, use of valid information, and civility. Since these are supposed to … Continue reading

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a different transparency agenda

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0“Transparency” means making the government’s decisions public–along with all potential influences on government–so that the results will be better: less corrupt, more fair, wiser. “Sunlight is the best disinfectant,” said Louis Brandeis, and his theory has many … Continue reading

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