Monthly Archives: December 2016

winter break

Facebook110 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 110As friends know, I’ve been blogging almost daily here since Jan. 8, 2003 (with 3,313 posts so far). I usually try to rotate among political analysis, social theory, and some cultural commentary. While I expected Clinton to win … Continue reading

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the verdict on the Massachusetts Citizens Initiative Review

Facebook11 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 11Last summer, working with Healthy Democracy and the office of State Rep. Jonathan Hecht, we at the Tisch College of Civic Life organized the first Citizens Initiative Review in Massachusetts. A representative group of citizens deliberated intensively about a … Continue reading

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save the date for Frontiers of Democracy: June 22-24, 2017 in Boston

Facebook25 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 25Frontiers of Democracy is an annual conference hosted by the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life at Tufts University with partners. In 2017, the frontiers of democracy are threatened around the world. Leaders and movements that … Continue reading

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the bright side of one-party government: accountability

Facebook27 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 27Here’s an excerpt of Sarah Kliff’s interview with Debbie Mills, a Trump voter: Are you surprised how much Republicans are talking about repeal [of Obamacare]? No. Did you expect — do you think they’ll do it, or … Continue reading

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prospects for civic media after 2016

Facebook15 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 15Civic Media: Technology, Design, Practice is a new book edited by Eric Gordon and Paul Mihailidis. I contributed the introductory chapter, “Democracy in the Digital Age.” On Nov. 16, I joined Eric, Paul, Ethan Zuckerman (MIT), Colin Rhinesmith (Simmons), Beth Coleman … Continue reading

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separating populism from anti-intellectualism

Facebook68 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 68I’m a populist, yet I advocate the life of the mind. I’d like to see less elitism (of certain kinds) along with more intense and widespread intellectual inquiry. Unfortunately, the most prominent varieties of populism today are … Continue reading

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Levinson and Fay, Dilemmas of Educational Ethics

Facebook11 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 11 Meira Levinson’s and Jacob Fay’s edited volume Dilemmas of Educational Ethics: Cases and Commentaries is enormously valuable. It not only addresses problems that confront educators every day but also suggests how moral reasoning can be revitalized in academia. … Continue reading

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don’t confuse bias and judgment

Facebook38 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 38“Even good and, at bottom, worthy people have, in our time, the most extraordinary fear about making judgments. The confusion about judgment can go hand in hand with fine and strong intelligence, just as good judgment can … Continue reading

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perspectives on identity politics

Facebook17 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 17One of the many debates that has intensified after the 2016 election concerns “identity politics.” Some liberals blame it for the Democrats’ loss. Mark Lilla writes, “If you are going to mention groups in America, you had better mention … Continue reading

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should civic educators modify their neutral stance?

Facebook99 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 99(Washington, DC) I’m here for the National Council for the Social Studies annual convention. Right after the election, the NCSS sent a “post-election message” that talked generally about the importance of teaching about government and civic engagement: As social studies educators, … Continue reading

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