Monthly Archives: September 2007


Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Does it ever seem to you as if the United States, having grown in relative domestic peace and stability since 1945, is now choking on itself like an old lilac bush that nobody trims? I am trying … Continue reading

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the drawbacks of thinking about discrete educational programs

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I gave a speech this morning (early this morning) to recipients of federal grants for service-learning. People in the audience run programs that meet the criteria of the Learn & Serve America program: they provide a certain … Continue reading

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my life’s message in a nutshell

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how the world looks to $25 million

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I spent yesterday at a board meeting of a nonprofit that has an endowment of about $25 million–not very big, but big enough to employ a major investment firm that sent two guys from the West Coast … Continue reading

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influence of parents

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Libertarians and free-marketers like to think we are free except when we are constrained by laws and governments. Liberals and socialists like to think that people are affected substantially by the state–potentially for the good. None of … Continue reading

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civic skills/workplace skills

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0America’s Promise has identified five supports that every child needs to develop successfully: caring adults, safe places, a healthy start, effective education, and opportunities to help others. The America’s Promise research team frequently releases interesting studies showing … Continue reading

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Lévi-Strauss lives

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Did you know that Claude Lévi-Strauss, the great structuralist, is still alive? He has survived all the major French post-structuralists for whom he was a foil. Roland Barthes, Gilles Deleuze, Jacques Derrida, and Michel Foucault are all … Continue reading

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where morality comes from

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Nicholas Wade’s New York Times article, entitled “Is ‘Do Onto Others’ Written into Our Genes?” started off badly enough that I had a hard time reading it. Stopping would have been a loss, because I appreciated the … Continue reading

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coming of age in your thirties

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0She gives a short, mirthless laugh. “It’s no wonder we’re all in such a mess, is it? We’re like Tom Hanks in Big. Little boys and girls trapped in adult bodies and forced to get on with … Continue reading

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motives and incentives in the Iraq war

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I’m generally against imputing motives to political leaders. I don’t think we can know what they want; there are too many screens and interpreters between them and us. Motives don’t necessarily matter, because a leader can do … Continue reading

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