Monthly Archives: June 2006

the meaning of Hamdan

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0The Hamdan decision is one of those texts whose meaning will only become clear once it has been thoroughly contested. Certainly, the 5-vote majority struck down the president’s unilateral authority to create tribunals like the ones established for Guantanamo … Continue reading

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kids, communities, and online popularity

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0I am concerned that we are setting kids up for disappointment when we tell them that the Internet gives everyone the equivalent of a broadcast studio with which one can reach many people and change the world. Even if … Continue reading

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it takes all kinds

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0I’m trying to meet a deadline on a big project, but meanwhile experiencing various subcultures. The Supreme Court, which I visited on Monday, was one. It offers a striking combination of grand and lush architecture, palpable power and respect, … Continue reading

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the campaign finance decision

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0I happened to be in the Supreme Court chamber yesterday when the campaign finance decision was announced. Campaign finance law has been an interest of mine since I worked for Common Cause in the early 1990s; it’s the topic … Continue reading

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group blogging for democracy

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0Joe Goldman has launched a new blog called The Democracy Movement. It’s a group effort, devoted to deliberative democracy and related themes. I’ve signed up to contribute regularly, along with fellow academics Archon Fung and Abby Williamson from Harvard, … Continue reading

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the effects of canvassing–on canvassers

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0Canvassing is a common experience, especially for young activists on the left. In a 2002 survey available from CIRCLE, people were asked, “Have you worked as a canvasser–having gone door to door for a political or social group or … Continue reading

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roots of American inequality

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0The Economist has a useful article on inequality in America, but even more useful is the collection of academic papers on that topic that the magazine has provided online. I picked a paper by Miles Corak entitled “Do Poor … Continue reading

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Las Meninas and mirrors

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0Last fall, after a business trip to Madrid, I posted a mini-essay about Velazquez’ great, complex, and enigmatic painting, Las Meninas. My essay was mainly about the difficulty of looking at and enjoying a work so famous and so … Continue reading

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looking for deliberation in new places

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0I recently came across a very interesting paper by Nina Eliasoph entitled, “What if Good Citizens’ Etiquette Requires Silencing Political Conversation in Everyday Life? Notes from the Field.” It’s drawn from a large project and contains numerous insights, making … Continue reading

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how to enjoy Venice

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0I love Venice. My family and I just returned from an idyllic week there and are mourning our departure. However, we noticed that a lot of the other visitors didn’t look very happy. Maybe they were having a better … Continue reading

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