Monthly Archives: November 2011

must you be good to be happy?

Facebook6 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 6 He who would live rightly should let his desires be as strong as possible and not chasten them, and should be able to minister to them when they are at their height by reason of his … Continue reading

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transparency is not enough

Facebook5 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 5In a recent focus group conducted by Lake Research Partners (and cited in this report for the Campaign for Stronger Democracy), one participant said: “I don’t want to just watch it happen…I want to do something about … Continue reading

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Planning for Stronger Local Democracy

Facebook2 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 2Here is a spectrum of public engagement appropriate for local governments in the United States. The activities range from “circulating information” to giving the public a role in “deciding and acting.” It is based on a spectrum … Continue reading

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making college much cheaper

Facebook6 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 6Imagine a college with 1,000 undergraduate students. If they all take eight seminars a year, if every class enrolls 20 students, and if each professor has a very manageable teaching load of five courses per year, the … Continue reading

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Mitt Romney and the Median Voter Theorem

Facebook2 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 2(Wye River) The sagacious Nate Silver thinks that the odds slightly favor a Republican victory in the 2012 presidential race, and that’s partly because if Mitt Romney wins the nomination, the GOP nominee will be a relative … Continue reading

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at Wye, remembering Abu Ghraib

Facebook1 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 1I am at the Aspen Institute along the Wye River on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Think of tidy fields with picket fences, Georgian brick houses, placid reaches of salt water at every turn, great flocks of … Continue reading

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O’Connor and Graham on unemployment and civic engagement

Facebook1 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 1Back in September, we released a report entitled Civic Health and Unemployment: Can Engagement Strengthen the Economy? It was based on an analysis of all 50 states and 50 major metro areas and found that their levels … Continue reading

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incivility: the problem behind that problem

Facebook4 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 4Most Americans believe that civility is important in politics and perceive that it has declined, especially if they listen to the radio and/or pay close attention to politics. Half believe that there has been a decline in … Continue reading

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