Monthly Archives: March 2015

religious liberty and discrimination

Facebook10 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 10If we set aside the invidious motivations for–and the details of–the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act, it does raise some fairly complex constitutional questions. Here are five theories that one might adopt in response: 1. The law should … Continue reading

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bad does not imply worse

Facebook3 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 3Christopher Jencks makes a characteristically wise point (after displaying a graph that shows that real poverty has declined a lot since 1959, and a bit since 2009): The equation of “bad” with “worse” is so tight in … Continue reading

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on giving content to Fox News

Facebook17 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 17The Fox News website has published four op-eds of mine over the years (“Federal citizenship test: What should a good citizen really know about America?“; “ObamaCare and Millennials: Why lessons of 2014 will last a lifetime“; “What … Continue reading

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talk at the Vermont League of Women Voters

Facebook4 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 4Last Friday, I gave a talk on We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For at a Vermont League of Women Voters meeting. The talk itself was the latest iteration of my effort to summarize my book. … Continue reading

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how public opinion on social spending has changed: a generational approach

Facebook9 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 9Education spending is pretty popular. In 2012, three quarters of American adults told the General Social Survey that our nation spends too little on education. If you look at that question over time, you’ll find an interesting generational … Continue reading

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empathy: good or bad?

Facebook11 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 11I am speaking next week on a panel about empathy: “Generative Empathies” (Rabb Room, Lincoln Filene Hall, Tufts University, March 30, 12 pm) with … Amahl Bishara, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Tufts Doris Sommer, Ira Jewell Williams, … Continue reading

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a different approach to human problems

Facebook18 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 18Crime, poverty, tyranny, racial injustice, and environmental degradation may be among the chief issues at a given time. But beneath such specific challenges are general forms of problems. To reprise a diagram from a previous post, we face … Continue reading

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my news habits are getting worse

Facebook16 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 16(National Airport) After a day with colleagues at the American Press Institute, I am reflecting on changes in my own habits of news consumption. A decade ago, I used to read almost the whole of the New … Continue reading

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on requiring the federal citizenship test in high school

Facebook19 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 19I have an op-ed on FoxNews.com against the recent wave of state laws that require students to pass the US citizenship test. It begins: Quick: how many amendments to the U.S. Constitution have been ratified? The answer … Continue reading

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the age of the strongman

Facebook11 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 11China: Xi Jinping is “a president who has ruthlessly centralised power while embarking on an ambitious project to revitalise Communist rule and to secure the party’s future. … One of his major themes is a war on ‘western … Continue reading

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