Monthly Archives: March 2007

open-ended politics and the evangelical movement

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0The Rev. Rich Cizik has won a fight within the National Association of Evangelicals and will be able to work against global warming and torture. This is probably good news for liberals, but I also see a … Continue reading

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gun control: the cultural dimension

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit recently overturned Washington’s law against keeping a gun inside one’s home. That’s my city, and I’m for the law–rather passionately. Here I propose that courts and … Continue reading

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in “good faith”?

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Most of today’s newspapers quote the Attorney General’s remark, “mistakes were made,” which William Schneider wittily calls the “past exonerative.” It was indeed a Nixonian grammatical construction, an inept attempt to evade accountability and moral judgment. But … Continue reading

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demographics of the blogosphere

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0These are interesting results from a representative national survey. Blog readers skew young, which isn’t a surprise. (And despite the higher rate of reading among youth, probably most readers are over 30.) The male majority among visitors … Continue reading

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policy ideas for civic renewal

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I’ve written before about the need for concrete policies to support public engagement. The government cannot create an engaged democracy through law, but it can play a supportive role in civic renewal. Also, debating concrete legislation can … Continue reading

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a brief history of community engagement in education

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Arnold F. Fege has contributed an excellent overview article to the current issue of the Harvard Educational Review entitled, “Getting Ruby a Quality Public Education: Forty-Two Years of Building the Demand for Quality Public Schools through Parental … Continue reading

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Libby and the First Amendment (continued)

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I suppose the most favorable summary of the Libby prosecution would go like this: (1) The Covert Agent Identity Protection Act is narrowly tailored and not a threat to legitimate whistleblowers. (2) Nevertheless, there were plausible reasons … Continue reading

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Scooter Libby’s civil liberties

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Before you read this post, you have to say the title 10 times fast. Seriously, as a civil libertarian, I find the prosecution of Libby troubling. The whole case started with allegations that members of the administration … Continue reading

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deliberative democracy in California

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I missed a big meeting last week at Pepperdine in California. (I couldn’t afford the air fare.) The conference combined talk of electoral reform with discussions of public deliberation. Electoral reform was on the agenda because our … Continue reading

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blogs that make you think

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Richard at Philosophy, et cetera has kindly selected this page as a “blog that makes you go hmmm.” In this game, if someone tags you as a “thinking blogger,” you’re supposed to recommend some other blogs that … Continue reading

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