Monthly Archives: December 2003

finally, campaign coverage with substance

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0During a campaign, our job as citizens is to decide whom to vote for. Two questions are relevant: What do the candidates propose? And what kind of people are they? The job of the press is to help us … Continue reading

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varieties of fame

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0As I’ve remarked before, I’m interested in the desire for fame. It’s the main selfish motivation of academics–and of people who create personal websites and blogs. Christians and ancient Stoics called the desire for fame a vice. Arguably, it … Continue reading

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Burke, Oakeshott, and Iraq

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0The invasion of Iraq is the most radical project undertaken by our government in generations. It involves the use of coercive state power to redesign a whole society, ostensibly in the name of liberty and political equality. This sounds … Continue reading

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on vacation

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0I’m on vacation in Georgia and don’t anticipate blogging again until Dec. 29. Happy holidays!

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buying reelection?

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0During the administration of George W. Bush, the Federal government is likely to borrow approximately $642 billion (net, counting the surplus in 2001). That’s $2,287 for every man, woman, and child in the nation, or almost $6,000 per average … Continue reading

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finding an old essay

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0In between work on youth civic engagement, I’m writing a book about moral philosophy, using Dante as the main text. I recently remembered a relevant but unpublished article that I had written about 1991–when I was approximately 24 and … Continue reading

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The US and Saddam’s use of poison gas

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0The National Security Archive (a private group that sues to declassify government documents) released a set of very important materials today. This is the story they tell: in 1983 and 1984, Saddam Hussein’s Iraq used chemical weapons against Iran … Continue reading

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youth civic engagement

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0Today was a day for thinking about youth civic engagement from various angles. It started with a long conference call to go over the results of a new national youth poll that some partners and CIRCLE will release in … Continue reading

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philosophy & the young child

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0I love Gareth B. Mathews’ Philosophy & the Young Child (1980). It’s full of dialogues in which kids between the ages of 4 and 10 explore profound issues of metaphysics, epistemology, logic, and ethics with an adult who’s genuinely … Continue reading

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the importance of teachers

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0Thanks to an excellent speech by Dan Fallon (a former colleague of mine, now at Carnegie Corporation), I understand education policy much better. Dan shows that in the 1960s, experts and policymakers were much influenced by James Coleman’s massive … Continue reading

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