Monthly Archives: September 2005

New Orleans: federal spending

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0In the aftermath of Katrina, an emerging line of argument goes like this: Bush is an anti-government conservative. Anti-government conservatives cut spending. Therefore, Bush cut spending. And the flooding has revealed the vulnerability of poor people when … Continue reading

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New Orleans: the youth/adult ratio and why it matters

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0According to the New York Times, in areas of New Orleans where there was significant flooding, the poverty rate was 29%, four out of five residents were people of color, and the ratio of adults to minors … Continue reading

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they agree about one thing: Streetlaw

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Since I’m on the board of Streetlaw, Inc., I can’t resist quoting this snippet from the Roberts confirmation hearings: ROBERTS: In addition to those actually involved in the case, one of the pro bono activities that I’m … Continue reading

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the effects of 9/11 on youth civic engagement

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Over the weekend, both the New York Times and the Washington Post marked Sept. 11 with stories about a resurgence of civic engagement among American young people. The Post gave Harvard’s Thomas Sander and Robert Putnam space … Continue reading

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“expert” voices

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I’m quoted in a recent story on Yahoo News (provided by Agence France Presse), entitled, “Katrina: US TV swings from deference to outrage towards government.” The lead is, “In the emotional aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, US television’s … Continue reading

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why it’s important for young people to have civic opportunities

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0James Youniss and Daniel Hart have summarized more than a dozen longitudinal studies that follow young people into adulthood and repeatedly ask questions about their civic engagement and values. The basic pattern is very consistent: those who … Continue reading

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against “systematizing” in ethics

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0In a recent comment, Metta Spencer asks, “I?m … curious about your notion that systemizing ethical principles is not a good way to go. I would love to hear more about that. I suppose it?s more than … Continue reading

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a review

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0The book that John Gastil and I recently published (as editors), The Deliberative Democracy Handbook, has received its first review on Amazon. I hope it’s not the last review, because someone called “environmental planning professor (Virginia, USA)” … Continue reading

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the politics of the New Orleans disaster

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I agree with Maria Farrell and others that the New Orleans disaster has displayed aspects of American life that are grievously wrong. People died because they couldn’t afford to leave the flooded city. The government failed to … Continue reading

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Laxdaela Saga: political freedom and psychological insight

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0On our way to Iceland, I read an Icelandic saga that we happened to have in our apartment (because my wife had read it in college). The sagas were written in the thirteenth century, when Iceland was … Continue reading

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