Monthly Archives: February 2017

assessing the congressional town meeting protests, 2009 and 2017

Facebook13 Twitter0Total13In 2009, when Democratic House members went home to discuss the Affordable Care Act with their constituents, they faced disruptive questions and protests, often from people loosely affiliated with the Tea Party. The protesters cited such supposed evils as … Continue reading

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Dubai, Uganda, and today’s global political economy

Facebook15 Twitter0Total15My family and I are just back from visiting our daughter, who works in Uganda, with a two-day stop in Dubai, where there’s a change of flights en route from Boston to Entebbe. We chose these destinations for family reasons. … Continue reading

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overseas until Feb. 25

Facebook1 Twitter0Total1I’ll be overseas, mostly in Uganda, and mostly offline until Feb. 25. I’ll resume posting after then.

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The Anachronist

Facebook5 Twitter0Total5In the year 1596, Anna is about to be burned at the stake. As the constable prepares to light the fire below her, she can do nothing but seek a solution in her own memory and imagination. The Anachronist is … Continue reading

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mixed feelings on the DeVos nomination battle

Facebook52 Twitter0Total52I opposed Betsy DeVos’s nomination, I’m grateful to the people who protested it, and I’m sorry she won confirmation. But I’m not sure it’s a good sign that she attracted more effective opposition than the other nominees have. (That … Continue reading

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Brecht, To Future Generations

Facebook16 Twitter0Total16Bertolt Brecht, An die Nachgeborenen (1939), in my translation from the very simple and direct German. I Truly I live in dark times! A sincere word is folly. A smooth forehead Indicates insensitivity. If you’re laughing, You haven’t heard The … Continue reading

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trends in egalitarianism

Facebook4 Twitter0Total4Here are some graphs that show Americans’ changing views of equality. You can click them to expand them. In each case, I’ve graphed the opinion of the whole population, of people who identify as working class (a measure more of … Continue reading

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new infographics from CIRCLE

Facebook58 Twitter0Total58CIRCLE has created new visual guides on how to engage the 50% of young people who don’t vote, five policy steps for better youth engagement, and–displayed below–a path to stronger democracy. Please share!

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the question of sacrifice in politics

Facebook6 Twitter0Total6(Atlanta, en route to Starkville, MS) Sacrifice can be a political act; often politics requires it. Sacrifice would be unnecessary in an ideal society and pointless in a completely static one; but in an unjust society that is subject … Continue reading

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the changing norms for Supreme Court nominations

Facebook24 Twitter0Total24 This graph shows the proportion of each president’s Supreme Court nominations who were confirmed as opposed to rejected, withdrawn, or postponed. I draw attention to the rocky record of the antebellum presidents, the very high confirmation percentage between 1900 … Continue reading

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