Monthly Archives: February 2013

how to deal with your own partisan fringe in the Internet era

Facebook2 Twitter0Total2Just since Monday, a Minnesota state representative has called homosexuality “an unhealthy, sexual addiction”; a Texas Representative has compared the “immorality of wild, lavish spending” to the “two most horrendous things this country has done,” which are “slavery and … Continue reading

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youth opinions of immigration policy

Facebook4 Twitter0Total4(from an airplane) Last week, CIRCLE released our analysis of young people’s views of the immigration debate. The headline was not surprising. Only 8% of young adults chose immigration as their top issue in 2012, but those young people … Continue reading

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keeping a democracy from overreacting to terrorism

Facebook2 Twitter0Total2(Chicago) In her book What Terrorists Want: Understanding the Enemy, Containing the Threat, Louise Richardson warns against generalizing but still ventures a cautious generalization about terrorists. What they want, she writes, are “the three r’s” of revenge, renown, and … Continue reading

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how the new media ecosystem favors government

Facebook3 Twitter0Total3(Chicago) Media outlets have proliferated. Once, only press barons could publish news and opinions, but today, anyone can blog or post a video. A high proportion of the new content is critical and editorially independent–in the sense that no … Continue reading

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in California

Facebook7 Twitter0Total7(Santa Monica) As part of a 17-day road trip, I’m spending this week in California. I’m here because of meetings and talks, but my family has come along and we’ve scheduled some vacation time. As I usually do in … Continue reading

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the hollowing-out of youth

Facebook11 Twitter0Total11(Santa Monica, CA) Raised to study to the test, to volunteer with one eye on college applications and to play the sport with the most scholarship opportunities, Millennials carry that competitive mind-set into the workforce, said Peter Levine, director … Continue reading

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letter to a young political reformer

Facebook12 Twitter0Total12O’Hare Airport, Feb. 14 Dear –, I am excited that you are helping to organize a political reform movement that you frame in generational terms. That is always a valuable contribution—and never more so than today. Thank you for … Continue reading

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a defense of higher education and its civic mission

Facebook39 Twitter0Total39(speech given to 17 college presidents and other representatives of higher education, Elon, NC, Feb. 13, 2013) The liberal arts and the civic mission of higher education are under attack in this time of economic crisis and political polarization. … Continue reading

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David Cole on the drone strikes

Facebook2 Twitter0Total2(Elon, NC) In his Feb. 8 Washington Post op-ed, David Cole makes the argument that finally meets my intuitions about the drone strikes. Cole, a strong civil libertarian, argues that it is not illegal or intrinsically wrong to order … Continue reading

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in North Carolina to promote civic renewal

Facebook7 Twitter0Total7(Elon, North Carolina) I am here for meetings at Elon University (with its outstanding Kernodle Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement and its Council for Civic Engagement) and then to give eight different talks or workshops as North … Continue reading

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