Monthly Archives: October 2006

celebrating Campus Compact

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0(Chicago) I’m here to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Campus Compact, a network of 1,037 colleges and universities. Campus Compact supports and encourages several crucial trends in higher education: a move from “service” to collaboration; a rediscovery … Continue reading

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single-payer and democracy

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0(On my way to Chicago for Campus Compact’s 20th Anniversary.) On Friday, I heard a good paper by David DeGrazia, who argued for a single-payer health insurance system. Everyone would be insured by the federal government. Healthcare … Continue reading

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unions in China

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0The New York Times reports that China is prepared to strengthen labor unions. The regime solicited responses to the proposed legislation and received 190,000 comments. I can’t tell whether the law would make a real difference: it … Continue reading

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option c

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Kevin Drum (whose blog I like enough to check several times daily) wrote this a while ago: If Democrats win in November, they’re still going to have a very limited amount of power to get things done. … Continue reading

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Schumpeter in ’06

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0(En route to Annapolis for a meeting with state officials.) It strikes me that the ’06 election is a great illustration of Joseph Schumpeter’s theory of democracy–unfortunately. Schumpeter did not see elections as opportunities for people to … Continue reading

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variety

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0(Athens, Georgia): I’ve been at numerous meetings lately. They all concern the civic engagement of young people, but they draw remarkably diverse participants. At a meeting on digital media and youth civic engagement, 10 out of 11 … Continue reading

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record low turnout in the primaries

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0(In Athens, Georgia, for a meeting on youth and the news media.) According to Curtis Gans, dean of the turnout experts, participation in the 44 states that recently held Democratic primaries was 8.4 percent of those eligible … Continue reading

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cause c?l?bre

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0(En route to Chicago for an American Bar Association meeting.) Last week, a leaked National Intelligence Estimate made headlines by asserting that the Iraq war was a ?cause c?l?bre? for jihadists. That topic has since been knocked … Continue reading

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survey of college students’ civic literacy

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0The Intercollegiate Studies Institute recently released a survey showing that college students don’t know much about American history, constitutional principles, and economics; and they hardly gain knowledge over their four years in university. The biggest gains are … Continue reading

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glasses that are partly full

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I don’t mean to dwell too long on our new survey (described yesterday), but I find the press coverage an interesting study in subjectiveness. Based on the very same release and oral presentation … Matt Stearns and … Continue reading

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