Monthly Archives: August 2013

young people on guns and gun control

Facebook1 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 1A Black Youth project study entitled “Gun Violence and Public Opinion on Gun Control among America’s Young People” presents data that should be basic to the national debate, along with some relatively surprising findings. First, almost half … Continue reading

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having one conversation for 26 years

Facebook7 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 7(Salem, MA) I am here for a retreat of the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service, where I work. In the summer of 1987, I came here for a retreat of the Charles M. … Continue reading

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keeping the state close or at a distance

Facebook3 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 3(Salem, MA) This is a table from a chapter of mine entitled “Social Accountability as Public Work.”* (You can click to expand it.) The table refers to two examples from the same volume. In his chapter, Samuel … Continue reading

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nonprofits that serve low-income citizens can boost their turnout

Facebook7 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 7My colleagues and I played a role in the latest report from Nonprofit Vote. I’ve offered the following summary: “Political participation is highly unequal in the United States, and efforts to engage the lowest-income Americans are scattered … Continue reading

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first review of We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting for

Facebook38 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 38“Political philosopher and activist Levine (The Future of Democracy) argues that global problems can best be addressed by a targeted increase in deliberative democracy and citizen action. But the U.S. is currently marked by a decline in … Continue reading

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a Democratic Republican Federalist

Facebook1 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 1Yesterday, I wrote a long post about the uses of the words “democracy” and “republic” to describe the United States. I argued that they’ve had various and sometimes indistinguishable meanings–and both words are appropriate. In the process, … Continue reading

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do we live in a republic or a democracy?

Facebook110 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 110You all knew that some things are worth dying for. One’s country is worth dying for, and democracy is worth dying for, because it’s the most deeply honorable form of government ever devised by man. — President … Continue reading

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