Monthly Archives: December 2011

Cedar Rapids Gazette editorial on youth voting

This op-ed of mine was published in the Cedar Rapids (Iowa) Gazette on Christmas Day (Dec. 25, 2011), but is not online. America is watching the Iowa caucuses for clues about how the whole 2012 election will play out. Who … Continue reading

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the feds want your input about deliberative democracy

The Federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) conducts research that “compares drugs, medical devices, tests, surgeries, or ways to deliver health care.” Traditionally, drugs and other interventions are approved if they meet basic criteria of effectiveness and safety, … Continue reading

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man the unwedgeable and gnarled oak (thoughts on Measure for Measure)

Duke: Heaven doth with us as we with torches do, Not light them for themselves; for if our virtues Did not go forth of us, ’twere all alike As if we had them not. … (Act. 1 Sc. 1) Lucio: … Continue reading

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nine general but contradictory truths

My recent post about Native American youth demanding respect makes me think that we must keep several principles in mind, even though they conflict with each other: 1. The odds are against constructing a full and flourishing human life unless … Continue reading

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Vaclav Havel

I think my fondness for the late Vaclav Havel (1936-2011) can be explained partly in generational terms. He became world-famous when I was young–the Velvet Revolution occurred the year I graduated from college as a student of political philosophy–and Prague … Continue reading

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We have so much more than poverty: Native youth demanding respect

Even though injustice is rampant and life is very hard in America’s poorest communities, a wise response always requires first appreciating the special assets of every community or group of people (especially kids) as they understand those assets. Otherwise, you … Continue reading

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young voters as of December 2011

We at CIRCLE provide detailed data on young voters, including demographic information and voting trends for all 50 states (accessible through the map on our homepage), in-depth research studies on young people and politics, and a recent overview report based … Continue reading

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is the public right or wrong about the stimulus?

I am very interested in gaps between expert or academic opinion and public opinion. An important current example is stimulus policy during recessions. Sixty-two percent of Americans recently said that the stimulus bills “just created debt,” whereas 28 percent said … Continue reading

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the price of political Balkanization: making foolish choices in a primary

Republican voters currently prefer Newt Gingrich for their party’s nomination and consider him the most “electable” candidate against President Obama. If the DNC cooked up a Republican candidate in its secret underground labs, I don’t see how they could come … Continue reading

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contraception for teenagers is and must be a political question

The headline in Woman’s Health News says: “Evidence Trampled By Politics: Sebelius Overrides FDA Decision on OTC Emergency Contraception.” This is a common framing; Google finds more than 100,000 pages that use the words “Sibelius,” “FDA”, “TEVA” (the brand name … Continue reading

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