Category Archives: deliberation

a civic approach to free speech

Facebook13 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 14I argued in a recent post that libertarians, social democrats, American liberals, and most US Constitutional scholars share a sharp distinction between the state and the private sector–but this distinction does not reflect our actual experience of … Continue reading

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on playing hardball with the shutdown

Facebook3 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 4On the one hand … The recent shutdown and the threat of a second one result from the Democrats’ choices as well as Donald Trump’s. Nancy Pelosi could reflect that she previously supported legislation that expanded walls … Continue reading

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Habermas with a Whiff of Tear Gas: Nonviolent Campaigns and Deliberation in an Era of Authoritarianism

Facebook30 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 30Just published: Levine, Peter (2018) “Habermas with a Whiff of Tear Gas: Nonviolent Campaigns and Deliberation in an Era of Authoritarianism,” Journal of Public Deliberation: Vol. 14 : Iss. 2 , Article 4.  Abstract: Authoritarianism is gaining around … Continue reading

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the value of diversity and discussion within social movements

Facebook35 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 35If you want a more deliberative society–one in which diverse people discuss and learn before (and while) they act politically–you’re not going to accomplish it simply by promoting deliberation. Too many people are understandably motivated by specific … Continue reading

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closing remarks at the Bridge Alliance summit

Facebook6 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 6(Posted by request: my remarks at the close of the 2018 Bridge Alliance Members Summit, a convening of “more than 90 respected established organizations committed to revitalizing democratic practice in America,” Washington, DC, Oct 17.) I’ve been asked to … Continue reading

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the Massachusetts Citizens’ Initiative Review

Facebook19 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 19[Press Release] – A 20-person panel of voters convened by the Massachusetts Citizens’ Initiative Review (CIR) pilot project has released its Citizens’ Statement on Question 1, the ballot question on nurse staffing limits. The Citizens’ Statement is … Continue reading

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civility: not too much, not too little

Facebook33 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 33This is the summer for critiques of civility as a virtue or goal. See, for instance, the Color of Change video entitled “Civility Will Not Save Us,” or Tavia Nyong’o’s and Kyla Wazana Tompkins’ argument that “the accusation of incivility … Continue reading

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deliberation or simulated deliberation? choices for the classroom

Facebook54 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 54In an article published today (“Deliberation or Simulated Deliberation?” in Democracy and Education, 26, 1, Article 7), I respond to a valuable previous piece by Margaret S. Crocco and her colleagues, “Deliberating Public Policy Issues with Adolescents: Classroom Dynamics … Continue reading

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from I to we: an outline of a theory

Facebook28 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 28These are the main ideas that I’ve defended (or plan to develop) in my theoretical scholarship. They are organized from micro to macro and from ethics to politics. As always, I put this draft online to welcome … Continue reading

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Nicole Doerr, Political Translation: How Social Movement Democracies Survive

Facebook32 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 32A century ago, Robert Michels observed what he called the “Iron Law of Oligarchy” at work in the socialist and revolutionary labor parties and movements of Europe. He argued that these groups provided “the best field of … Continue reading

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