Monthly Archives: June 2015

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my opening remarks at Frontiers of Democracy 2015

These were my remarks at the opening of Frontiers (#Demfront) last evening: Welcome to the United States if you come from overseas, and to Massachusetts if you come from out of state. Welcome to Boston, and specifically to Boston’s Chinatown, … Continue reading

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Frontiers of Democracy 2015

When the Summer Institute of Civic Studies ends today, the Frontiers of Democracy 2015 conference begins.  The plenary talks will be live-streamed here. A batch of the talks begin this evening at 5:45 pm. The whole agenda is here. You could also follow … Continue reading

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right and true are deeply connected

Beliefs about “is” and “ought” are so deeply interrelated that it is often better to think of truth and rightness as two dimensions of the same thought than as separable concepts.* That means that it is almost always important to analyze whether a moral belief … Continue reading

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to whom do the ancient Greeks belong?

There has been some valuable debate about the diversity of the authors on the syllabus of the Summer Institute of Civic Studies. A participant noted, in particular, that Aristotle is mentioned over and over again in the readings. Is that … Continue reading

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friendship and politics

Last week, one session of the Summer Institute of Civic Studies was devoted to friendship, and the assignments were: Jane Mansbridge, Beyond Adversary Democracy, pp. 3-35, pp. 163-82, 290-8 Danielle E. Allen, Talking to Strangers: Anxieties of Citizenship Since Brown, v. … Continue reading

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Alinsky does a one-on-one

In the Summer Institute of Civic Studies yesterday, we briefly listened to Saul Alinsky talking to Studs Terkel in 1971. The tape is both an evocative glimpse of Alinsky as a person (you should picture a chain-smoking older man in a … Continue reading

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the launch of Brigade

Yesterday, Sean Parker of Facebook fame launched Brigade, a new app that lets you express opinions about political issues (including new issues that you introduce), discuss and persuade other users, identify people with similar concerns and views, and recruit them to your own … Continue reading

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notes on Hannah Arendt’s On Revolution

For use in today’s Summer Institute of Civic Studies. The morning’s readings are Hannah Arendt, On Revolution, pp. 18-25, 37-48, 240-7 “Hannah Arendt” from the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy I first asked participants to name various kinds of freedom, and categorized the … Continue reading

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job openings in civic renewal (10)

This is the tenth in an occasional series. Just two jobs in this post, but they are important and good ones. Four good jobs in this post: Director of Public Engagement for Public Agenda. Public Agenda is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated … Continue reading

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