Monthly Archives: March 2016

an article in The Conversation

Facebook43 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 43(Albany, NY) In lieu of blog post here, I have an article in The Conversation today entitled “The Waning Influence of American Political Parties.” An excerpt: According to the General Social Survey, fewer than one in 10 … Continue reading

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does focusing philosophy on how to live broaden or narrow it?

Facebook5 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 5Pierre Hadot (1922-2010) built a quietly devoted following and influenced many others indirectly, via Michel Foucault. A classicist, Hadot interpreted the Hellenistic philosophical schools (Stoicism, Epicureanism, Skepticism, and Neoplatonism) as communities of people devoted to improving themselves by employing a range of mental techniques. … Continue reading

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the limits of civic life

Facebook33 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 33(Phoenix, AZ), While I am here today as a guest of Arizona State, I will give a version of the following talk: The video summarizes my view of civic life in about 10 minutes. By “civic life,” … Continue reading

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why don’t social movements have great leaders any more?

Facebook37 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 38In a discussion with undergraduates a week ago, the familiar question arose: Why don’t social movements have great leaders any more? One could dispute the premise, arguing that we do have social movement leaders today and that we … Continue reading

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Maoist chic as Orientalism

Facebook6 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 6While visiting the excellent Tufts University Art Gallery exhibition, “Tseng Kwong-Chi: Performing for the Camera,” my colleagues and I heard the following story. Tseng was the child of Chinese anticommunist refugees. He moved to the East Village in the … Continue reading

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do we actually want higher youth voter turnout?

Facebook34 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 34Abby Kiesa and I have a new piece in the Stanford Social Innovation Review (online), entitled “Do We Actually Want Higher Youth Voter Turnout?” We dispute the premise that youth turnout has declined–or risen. Instead, we note the “the … Continue reading

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how talking about Millennials obscures injustice

Facebook31 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 31(Washington, DC) Generational analysis often conceals power and inequality and justifies the status quo. A great example is The New York Times‘ article yesterday about, entitled, “What Happens When Millennials Run the Workplace?” Mic’s staff of … Continue reading

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Sanders’ youth votes > Clinton + Trump

Facebook1 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 1This graphic is the focus of Aaron Blake’s Washington Post article entitled “74-year-old Bernie Sanders’s remarkable dominance among young voters, in 1 chart.” As Blake writes, “Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are well on their way to becoming … Continue reading

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is the Sanders campaign a movement?

Facebook24 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 24My friend Micah Sifry has a must-read article in The Nation entitled “How the Sanders Campaign Is Reinventing the Use of Tech in Politics.” He interviews two key staffers, Zack Exley and Becky Bond, who reveal a lot about the … Continue reading

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game theory, naval warfare, and Derek Walcott

Facebook14 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 14I am in Washington, DC but remembering our winter vacation in Les Saintes, near Guadeloupe, because I am reading Derek Walcott’s astoundingly good epic, Omeros. In the channel with three islets christened “Les Saintes” in a mild … Continue reading

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