Monthly Archives: June 2015

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Facebook1 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 1(I will be on vacation and not posting until July 14.)

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my opening remarks at Frontiers of Democracy 2015

Facebook11 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 11These 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 … Continue reading

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Frontiers of Democracy 2015

Facebook19 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 19When 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 … Continue reading

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right and true are deeply connected

Facebook24 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 24Beliefs 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 … Continue reading

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to whom do the ancient Greeks belong?

Facebook8 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 8There 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 … Continue reading

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friendship and politics

Facebook14 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 14Last 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 … Continue reading

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Alinsky does a one-on-one

Facebook19 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 19In 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 … Continue reading

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the launch of Brigade

Facebook31 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 31Yesterday, 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 … Continue reading

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notes on Hannah Arendt’s On Revolution

Facebook34 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 34For 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, … Continue reading

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job openings in civic renewal (10)

Facebook8 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 8This 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, … Continue reading

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