Monthly Archives: September 2006

in the Holocaust Museum

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I’m at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, which is hosting a summit for National Youth Leadership Organizations. Last night, we were given guided tours of the Museum’s main exhibition in order to promote serious thinking about … Continue reading

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hiring

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I’m chair of a search committee for as many as three positions in the Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy at the University of Maryland. That has been my home for a dozen years, and I have … Continue reading

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the other side

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Yesterday, I was interviewed (briefly) on an Oklahoma radio station about youth voting. While I waited for the interview to begin, I listened to Rush Limbaugh–not my usual entertainment. Limbaugh facetiously argued that we should “celebrate” 9/11 … Continue reading

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campaigning: what works

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I just voted in the District of Columbia primary election, having been personally approached by at least five candidates (mostly at my Metro stop), called at home by three live volunteers, sent countless letters, and barraged with … Continue reading

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Plamegate is over (I hope)

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0It turns out that the original leaker in the Valerie Plame case was not Karl Rove or another Administration heavy or hawk, but rather the relatively independent and distinguished diplomat Richard Armitage. It is still possible that … Continue reading

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Tongues of Fire

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0A few years ago, I wrote a lightweight thriller called Tongues of Fire. I wrote it for fun and my wife’s entertainment, and after an unsuccessful attempt to publish it, I put it on this website for … Continue reading

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“the precedence of inside authority”

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Yesterday, I argued that communities always need strong civic participation before they can benefit from government aid, philanthropy, and other forms of outside help. Walt Whitman put the same point more grandiloquently in the following lines from … Continue reading

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beyond warm and fuzzy

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Toward the end of Diminished Democracy, Theda Skocpol lists some recommendations that emerged from the National Commission on Civic Renewal (of which I was deputy director) and Robert Putnam’s book Bowling Alone. She mentions proposals for strengthening … Continue reading

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expectations for the next Congress

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0What should we expect if the Democrats gain control of the U.S. House in November? If we’re dreaming, we could imagine that they would propose an agenda to renew democracy at home and abroad–one that could also … Continue reading

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good writing

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Last week, in bed with the flu, I read four detective novels whose dates of publication ranged from 1938 to 2003. There was stylish writing in all those books: rhythmic, observant, atmospheric–and various, too. For example: When … Continue reading

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