Monthly Archives: January 2007

Judge Posner v. David Cole

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0The New York Review carries a dramatic exchange between Richard Posner (the amazingly prolific, polymathic federal judge) and Georgetown law professor David Cole, who had reviewed the judge’s latest book. Posner begins with a sentence that should … Continue reading

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noise pollution

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I’m at the gate at Atlanta Airport, trying to read, write, and (possibly) think. CNN is blasting in the background and competing with Norah Jones, whose voice emerges from the p.a. system right behind me. Should I … Continue reading

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why colleges should embrace a civic mission

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I’m traveling today to Oglethorpe University in Martin Luther King’s city of Atlanta. Oglethorpe has begun a major initiative to incorporate service and civic engagement into the whole experience of its students. I’m going to moderate a … Continue reading

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the president and the Constitution

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0One letter in today’s New York Times says: “More than 20,000 additional troops are being put in harm’s way on the say-so of one man. Isn’t that more characteristic of a dictatorship than a democracy?” Another writer … Continue reading

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consequences of particularism

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I drafted a paper more than a year ago that drew some political implications out of a philosophical doctrine called “moral particularism” (click for pdf). I haven’t had a chance to improve and expand that paper for … Continue reading

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legislative strategy and the “surge”

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0For the good of the country, Congress should probably block any increase in the number of troops sent to Iraq. The most effective way to do that would be to add an amendment or rider to a … Continue reading

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Cole Campbell, 1954-2007

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0 Cole Campbell died suddenly last Friday in a car accident. Cole had been editor of The Virginian-Pilot and The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, where he introduced and developed the concept of “public journalism.” Cole and his reporters … Continue reading

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five things about me

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Russell Arben Fox has tagged me in a game that is going around the blogosphere. I’m supposed to write “five things you don’t know about me.” Here goes: 1. I used to live with Marcel. Marcel was … Continue reading

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understanding knowledge as a commons

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Charlotte Hess and Elinor Ostrom have just published a volume entitled Understanding Knowledge as a Commons: From Theory to Practice. The following is a brief excerpt from my own chapter that refers to several other contributions and … Continue reading

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the Maryland Civic Summit

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Annapolis, MD: We at CIRCLE helped to plan the State of Maryland’s Summit on Civic Literacy, which occurred today. The Summit was funded and charged by an act of the State Assembly. There were representatives present from … Continue reading

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