Monthly Archives: February 2006

religion and politics in the Moslem world and the USA

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0 A colleague returned several months ago from a distinguished meeting of intellectuals from Europe, America, and the Middle East. He reported that the Islamic participants had confused us with France. That is, they thought that the … Continue reading

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can the Internet democratize institutions?

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Yesterday, I heard a talk about whether the Internet can help to democratize institutions such as the World Bank and WTO. Proposals for that purpose include posting internal deliberations online, allowing people to file comments by email, … Continue reading

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Robert George on civic education

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Thanks to Brett Marston for directing me to Robert P. George’s essay, “What Colleges Forget to Teach.” This a thoughtful comment by a major conservative scholar. In essence, George objects to the balance of political ideas and … Continue reading

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what do parents want?

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0We human beings are not born free. We are born as completely dependent, totally naive little creatures that are easily influenced and controlled by adults, especially parents. If you want a society dedicated to freedom, then you … Continue reading

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into the fray

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Somewhat contrary to my usual practice, I hereby opine (without expertise or evidence) on two hot topics: 1. New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin has attracted much criticism–and has apologized–for saying, “This city will be a majority African-American … Continue reading

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citizenship: choice and duty

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Russell Arben Fox has written a thoughtful essay on localism, populism, and participation. He is skeptical that we can increase the quality or quantity of civic engagement by tinkering with the political system–for instance, by changing the … Continue reading

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strengths and weaknesses of volunteer networks

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0As I write, I’m in my third consecutive meeting of a different volunteer network or coalition. These three networks (and others that I know) share the following features: One or more grants funds a staff, which ranges … Continue reading

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Orhan Pamuk, My Name is Red

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I’ve been wanting to write something insightful about this novel, which I read recently. To state that is is a masterpiece is not nearly as convincing or useful as to interpret it or elucidate one of its … Continue reading

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a postscript to yesterday

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0In the schematic that I presented yesterday, one axis was defined by attitudes toward “the state.” That’s actually too simple. The state can be unitary, hierarchical, and centralized; or it can be decentralized and participatory. Attitudes toward … Continue reading

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