Monthly Archives: May 2004

attitudes toward gay rights, by generation

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Yesterday, Matt Yglesias wrote on his very popular blog: “Some social conservative types have speculated to me that the overwhelming pro-gay sentiment among young people can be counteracted by the natural conservatizing effects of aging.” In other … Continue reading

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why stories are good for moral thinking

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I believe in the moral value of narrative. A story, whether fictional or historical, is a coherent description of a set of events. Its coherence is not simply causal, such that the first event causes the second, … Continue reading

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Leaders for Tomorrow

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I’ve agreed to direct a new undergraduate program at the University of Maryland, starting next fall. It’s called Leaders for Tomorrow. Participants will have access to funds to support their own travel, summer internships, and other activities … Continue reading

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Abu Ghraib

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0We like to bomb from 30,000 feet, fly back to Whiteman, MO after the run, then drive to the mall for something to eat, Or wire funds to the guys who buy the guns that jab into … Continue reading

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John Kerry in London (a fantasy)

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0London, May 17–Senator John Kerry returned to London this morning after two days at Chequers, the Prime Minister’s private retreat. Standing with Mr. Blair outside 10 Downing Street, Senator Kerry said, “We have agreed on a range … Continue reading

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making maps

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Yesterday, in the late afternoon, I was back on the streets of Hyattsville, MD, mapping the neighborhood by entering data into a Palm Pilot pocket organizer. This week, unlike last, we had a large group of high … Continue reading

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students and the First Amendment

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0The First Amendment Schools program would probably surprise many people–especially reporters–who examined it closely. One of its major sponsors is the First Amendment Center, which exists to advocate civil liberties. Its very name implies a commitment to … Continue reading

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the September Project

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0The September Project is a great idea for promoting public deliberation. Libraries across the country will hold public discussions on the third anniversary of the 9-11 attacks. The library systems that have already signed up are shown … Continue reading

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the proximity of evil

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I?m still at Wye River, at the end of two long but productive and interesting days discussing education and democracy. It?s a beautiful place. There must be four or five square miles of property, flat farmland surrounded … Continue reading

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democracy and education

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I’m on my way this morning to the Wye River retreat center on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, where the 1997 Arab-Israeli agreement was hammered out. I’ll be attending a much lower-profile event: a retreat for the … Continue reading

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