Monthly Archives: August 2005

pining for the fjords

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0For the most part, this is supposed to be a professional blog about civic renewal, moral philosophy, and related subjects. However, today I cannot resist recording some of the memories that still fill my mind after two … Continue reading

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the press and political power (thoughts on Jay Rosen/Austin Bay)

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Recently, Jay Rosen asked Austin Bay (“Weekly Standard writer, NPR commentator, Iraq War vet, Colonel in the Army Reserve, Republican, conservative, blogger with a lit PhD”) to guest-blog about the press, the Bush administration, and the war. … Continue reading

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autonomous youth culture

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0In yesterday’s Washington Post, Darragh Johnson has a long article about 14-year-old Calixto Salgado, a devout altar boy, first-generation American of Salvadoran ancestry, nice, soft-spoken guy, and C student. He attends Gaithersburg High School, a large suburban … Continue reading

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three possible goals for the left

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0In Norway last week, it occurred to me that the left in modern times has taken three distinct paths, each with a different goal: 1. Reduce alienation. Marx’s essential idea was that people should be able to … Continue reading

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Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0We are off to Scandinavia until August 26, and I do not intend to post from there. Meanwhile, I leave you with a kind of “e-book”–about half of my long, narrative, formal poem entitled Entropy, now lightly … Continue reading

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living wages

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0The other day, I mentioned that Jim Wallis is promoting the “living wage” as major plank in the Democrats’ platform. A living wage law sets a minimum legal salary that’s high enough to allow one full-time wage-earner … Continue reading

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the September Project (Year II)

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I mentioned the September Project last year. On Sept. 11, 2004, people met in hundreds of libraries to conduct civic events as a positive, democratic response to the attacks of 9/11/01. There were voter registration drives, discussions … Continue reading

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empathy versus systematic thought

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0For the second day in a row, here’s a response to an opinion piece in The New York Times. The new article, entitled “The Male Condition,” has two distracting features. First, it takes Larry Summers’ side in … Continue reading

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Jim Wallis’ “message”

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Since November, many Democrats have asked Jim Wallis, the editor of Sojourners magazine, to help them develop a moral message–one that might reduce the Republican advantage among religious voters. Wallis says that he has been telling them … Continue reading

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ideology in academia and elsewhere

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0In September, I am supposed to give a talk that’s essentially about the relationship between academics and other citizens. Based on anecdotal experience, I assumed that professors tended to be secular, internationalist, and skeptical of capitalism, whereas … Continue reading

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