Monthly Archives: February 2013

how to deal with your own partisan fringe in the Internet era

Facebook2 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 2Just since Monday, a Minnesota state representative has called homosexuality “an unhealthy, sexual addiction”; a Texas Representative has compared the “immorality of wild, lavish spending” to the “two most horrendous things this country has done,” which are … Continue reading

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youth opinions of immigration policy

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0(from an airplane) Last week, CIRCLE released our analysis of young people’s views of the immigration debate. The headline was not surprising. Only 8% of young adults chose immigration as their top issue in 2012, but those … Continue reading

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keeping a democracy from overreacting to terrorism

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0(Chicago) In her book What Terrorists Want: Understanding the Enemy, Containing the Threat, Louise Richardson warns against generalizing but still ventures a cautious generalization about terrorists. What they want, she writes, are “the three r’s” of revenge, … Continue reading

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how the new media ecosystem favors government

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0(Chicago) Media outlets have proliferated. Once, only press barons could publish news and opinions, but today, anyone can blog or post a video. A high proportion of the new content is critical and editorially independent–in the sense … Continue reading

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in California

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0(Santa Monica) As part of a 17-day road trip, I’m spending this week in California. I’m here because of meetings and talks, but my family has come along and we’ve scheduled some vacation time. As I usually … Continue reading

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the hollowing-out of youth

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0(Santa Monica, CA) Raised to study to the test, to volunteer with one eye on college applications and to play the sport with the most scholarship opportunities, Millennials carry that competitive mind-set into the workforce, said Peter … Continue reading

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letter to a young political reformer

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0O’Hare Airport, Feb. 14 Dear –, I am excited that you are helping to organize a political reform movement that you frame in generational terms. That is always a valuable contribution—and never more so than today. Thank … Continue reading

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a defense of higher education and its civic mission

Facebook39 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 39(speech given to 17 college presidents and other representatives of higher education, Elon, NC, Feb. 13, 2013) The liberal arts and the civic mission of higher education are under attack in this time of economic crisis and … Continue reading

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David Cole on the drone strikes

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0(Elon, NC) In his Feb. 8 Washington Post op-ed, David Cole makes the argument that finally meets my intuitions about the drone strikes. Cole, a strong civil libertarian, argues that it is not illegal or intrinsically wrong … Continue reading

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in North Carolina to promote civic renewal

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0(Elon, North Carolina) I am here for meetings at Elon University (with its outstanding Kernodle Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement and its Council for Civic Engagement) and then to give eight different talks or workshops … Continue reading

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