Monthly Archives: March 2004

what’s wrong with the left, and what we can do about it

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0I’ve reorganized and expanded my previous comments about how to revitalize the Left and have turned them into a single continuous essay, which begins below. I argue that the left suffers from a lack of positive vision that will … Continue reading

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character education

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0One of the things I like best about my job is the opportunity to move almost daily from one professional context to another. Today, I attended a conference organized by the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools (OSDFS). This … Continue reading

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forecasting the election

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0I’m against progonistication. Our job is to decide who should win the election and what he or she should do in office, not who is most likely to win. Nevertheless, near the beginning of a long and very close … Continue reading

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the Frist speech in historical context

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0Yesterday, Senator Frist charged Richard Clarke with perjury, imputing extremely dishonorable motives to this career public servant. If the Senator is correct, which is certainly possible, then he should produce proof and call for Mr. Clarke to be prosecuted … Continue reading

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a defense of civic education

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0James Murphy, a Dartmouth political scientist, wrote an article that was very critical of k-12 civic education in last fall’s Education Next. That journal then published a shortened version of my reply to Prof. Murphy in its winter issue. … Continue reading

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Richard Clarke, from an ethical perspective

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0For those concerned with moral philosophy and ethics, this is the most interesting part of yesterday’s historic testimony: JAMES R. THOMPSON, COMMISSION MEMBER: Mr. Clarke, in this background briefing, as Senator Kerrey has now described it, for the press … Continue reading

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the limitations of analytic moral philosophy

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0Analytic philosophy is the dominant tradition in the English-speaking world today, and I belong to it. (I was trained in the rival tradition known as “continental” philosophy, but have moved over; see this post for the distinction.) It recently … Continue reading

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new ideas on the left?

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0(written in Syracuse, NY:) I think that the left desperately needs new policy ideas and new philosophical foundations–and so far both are notably absent in the 2004 campaign. For a long time, I have been worried that the Democratic … Continue reading

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teenagers talk politics

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0(Written in Syracuse, NY:) ABC News/Weekly Reader recently polled Americans between the ages of 12 and 17 about their political views. This is from the report: “First, [the poll] finds less political discussion than you might expect: Fewer … Continue reading

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on giving solicited advice

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0I think many people deeply want to be asked for advice. This is a way to influence the world, to put one?s own stamp on things, to express oneself, to gain standing and self-respect– all without coercing or bribing … Continue reading

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