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when the lotus bloomed

Facebook26 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 27I was so distracted, tense, and busy That I missed the lotus bloom. Though preoccupied and hasty I sensed something in the room— Caught that subtle scent of longing, That mute yearning to be still— But I … Continue reading

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Habermas, illustrated

Facebook13 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 14I’ve categorized a bunch of recent tweets by putting them in Jürgen Habermas’ three buckets: In the first column, the tweets are literally legible–I can read them–but I don’t know much about their significance. That is because they … Continue reading

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avoiding a sharp distinction between the state and the private sphere

Facebook11 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 12Several political theories and ideologies are invested in distinguishing the state from the private sector (which may encompass the market, families and civil society): For libertarians, the state bears the badge of original sin because it alone … Continue reading

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integrating the northeast’s transit systems

Facebook10 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 11I’m on Amtrak, en route from Boston to New Haven. I’ve also been in Newark, Delaware, the Philadelphia airport, and other points along the Northeast Corridor this week. This means navigating portions of a fragmented public transportation … Continue reading

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British exceptionalism 2: the unique nature of the aristocracy

Facebook3 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 4(Newark, DE) In 2010, I wrote a post entitled “British exceptionalism: how the UK is different from Europe.” It still draws traffic these days, probably because people want to understand Brexit and the roots of anti-“European” sentiment … Continue reading

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James Madison in favor of majority rule

Facebook7 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 8The James Madison who contributed to the Federalist Papers is famous for a system of checks and balances meant to limit the power of the majority, because the many might turn against the few and the common … Continue reading

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to what extent do you already know the story of your life?

Facebook7 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 8If people were asked this question on a survey, I think the variations in responses would be significant and useful to know: In general, people would give lower scores as they got older, but not always. The … Continue reading

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apply for the 2019 Summer Institute of Civic Studies

Facebook20 Twitter2 Google+0Total: 22The Summer Institute of Civic Studies is an intensive interdisciplinary seminar that brings together faculty, advanced graduate students, and practitioners from many countries and diverse fields of study. In 2019 it will take place from the evening of June … Continue reading

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The American Political Science Association Institute for Civically Engaged Research (ICER) at Tisch College this summer

Facebook27 Twitter2 Google+0Total: 29June 17-22, 2019 Background and Purpose Scholars in many disciplines are grappling with how to produce rigorous scholarship that addresses significant social challenges in collaboration with communities, organizations, and agencies. They strive to learn from non-academics, to benefit from the research … Continue reading

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Brag, Cave and Crow: a contribution to game theory

Facebook9 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 10Game theory models interactions by presenting the “players” as people (or organizations) who face choices, and the outcome as the result of how they each choose. In conflictual circumstances, the players can choose between the option that … Continue reading

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