Monthly Archives: August 2007

opportunity economics and civic participation

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0The Hope Street Group is an organization founded by young business people who believe in growth, innovation, and opportunity, but do not believe that the current economic system provides opportunities either adequately or fairly. They favor more … Continue reading

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Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Americans may be bracing themselves for a replay of 1975, but the conclusion of the US war in Iraq will be quite unlike the debacle that ended our involvement in Vietnam. Some in the Bush camp like … Continue reading

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“vertical farms” and the new political economy

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Since the Industrial Revolution, fossil fuels have reduced human–and animal–drudgery. This has generally been a blessing, although we are now in danger because all that burned carbon is messing up the global climate. (And wars have been … Continue reading

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the ethics of taxing hedge funds

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0The debate about taxes for hedge fund managers is an opportunity to consider the rationale for taxing various kinds of income at different rates. The narrow issue is that hedge fund managers pay capital gains taxes instead … Continue reading

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looking for a Nabokov heroine?

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Since yesterday afternoon, about 300 people have reached this site after searching on Google for the words “Nabokov” and “heroine.” They are reaching an old post of mine about Lolita. I can’t find any website that links … Continue reading

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politics and a medium of choice

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Kos (Markos Moulitsas ZĂșniga) gave a very strong speech about what the netroots have accomplished. I wasn’t anywhere near the Yearly Kos convention, but the transcript is online here or you can click below to watch. Kos … Continue reading

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lobbying, ethics, and the impact of norms

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0According to David K. Kirkpatrick in The New York Times, “The new law [on ethics and lobbying that awaits President Bush’s signature] has quickly sent a ripple of fear through K Street. … ‘They might as well … Continue reading

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“getting them involved”

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Michael Hill wrote a profile of me in Sunday’s Baltimore Sun. He gave me quite a lot of space to talk about my usual obsessions: public participation, civil society, youth, and so on. His biographical sketch probably … Continue reading

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lowering the voting age

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0The Michigan State House is considering a bill to allow citizens aged 17 at the time of a primary to vote if they will turn 18 on or before the general election. (To be more precise, the … Continue reading

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Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I’m in a day-long meeting, without a lot of time to ruminate and write, but this is a good chance to link to an ambitious new website: TerpImpact. It’s a portal for students at the University of … Continue reading

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