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conservative engaged scholarship

Facebook30 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 31For the sake of argument, let’s define “engaged scholarship” as … The organized production of knowledge by groups that include some professional academic researchers and some people who are not academics and belong to the communities, populations, … Continue reading

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Garret Hardin and the extreme right

Facebook26 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 27Garret Hardin’s 1968 Science article entitled “The Tragedy of the Commons” has been cited more than 40,000 times. It is appropriately influential, since the problem he analyzed is pervasive and profound. The example of global warming could … Continue reading

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CIRCLE’s “growing voters” framework

Facebook12 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 12CIRCLE has released its framework for “growing voters” (as an alternative to mobilizing people just in time to vote one way or the other in an election). This short slide deck is a summary; much more information … Continue reading

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Google Translate is not good at classical Greek

Facebook4 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 5Aeschylus, Prometheus Bound, lines 19-35, in my amateur translation: Prometheus, you will always suffer under One tyrant or another, uncomforted: That’s the price of befriending people. A god, you didn’t fear the rage of gods When you … Continue reading

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American civics versus socialism?

Facebook21 Twitter5 Google+0Total: 26Announcing his reelection campaign, Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE) made two claims about civic education: 1) “What’s at stake in 2020 is nothing less than a choice between American civics and socialism,” Sasse said. ‘”Those are the stakes.” … Continue reading

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Moral Foundations theory and political processes

Facebook17 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 18Moral Foundations theory is an important body of research that has generated significant findings. It belongs to a somewhat larger category of research about morality that has these features: Many individuals are asked for their moral judgments … Continue reading

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forecasting the UK parliamentary elections

Facebook4 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 5The celestial bodies have aligned to put British politics in that rare situation: a first-past-the-post electoral system with multiple viable parties. Usually, when a legislature consists of the top vote-getters in all the districts, it evolves (or … Continue reading

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the oscillation between dictatorship and parliamentary institutions (a game theory model)

Facebook5 Twitter1 Google+1Total: 7Abstract: Sometimes despots have incentives to convene representative bodies that govern with them. And sometimes the leaders of republics have incentives to rule unilaterally. Changes in the incentives explain the oscillation between authoritarianism and republicanism. Today’s incentives … Continue reading

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less than a penny a year for grassroots civic organizing

Facebook18 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 19(DC) The Foundation Center’s database and analytic website entitled Foundation Funding for US Democracy is full of interesting information and worth detailed exploration. Drawing on tax forms, the site categorizes $5.5 billion in grants made to strengthen … Continue reading

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new opening: Service Year Program Administrator at Tisch College

Facebook15 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 16This is a one-year limited-term position. There are currently about 67,000 annual positions for young Americans who choose to conduct service for a whole year. These positions are supported by national programs like AmeriCorps (such as Teach … Continue reading

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