Monthly Archives: February 2018

The Anachronist at the Florida Review

Facebook51 Twitter0Total51(Washington, DC) I just signed a contract with The Florida Review so that they can re-publish my interactive novel, The Anachronist. It should appear there in July 2018, and it will reside on their digital platform, Aquifer. It also … Continue reading

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my exchange with Beth Rubin about policy for civics

Facebook11 Twitter0Total11Paul G. Fitchett and Kevin W. Meuwissen have published Social Studies in the New Education Policy Era: Conversations on Purposes, Perspectives, and Practices. This edited volume is devoted to exchanges between pairs of scholars. My assigned debating partner is … Continue reading

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the Kenya Youth Manifesto

Facebook9 Twitter0Total9The Kenya Youth Manifesto is great. It’s the product of an elaborate deliberative process involving Kenyans between the ages of 18 and 35 (a cohort that represents 57 percent of the electorate). The Manifesto offers 52 pages of detailed recommendations. … Continue reading

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what I like in historical writing

Facebook13 Twitter0Total13Simi Valley, in Ventura County, CA: Not that anyone has asked, but these are the history books that I remember reading over the past couple of years, ranked from my favorite down: The Rise of Western Christendom: Triumph and … Continue reading

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talking about teens and the 2018 election

Facebook45 Twitter0Total45While traveling to Orlando to talk about civic education, I’ll post two recent links. First is today’s episode of “On Point” from NPR. The guests are three teenagers who are running for governor in Kansas (which imposes no age … Continue reading

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what does it mean to say democracy is in retreat?

Facebook18 Twitter0Total18According to Freedom House, “Democracy faced its most serious crisis in decades in 2017 as its basic tenets—including guarantees of free and fair elections, the rights of minorities, freedom of the press, and the rule of law—came under attack … Continue reading

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notes on John Ashbery, Paradoxes and Oxymorons

Facebook4 Twitter0Total4 A “plain” is a level place. Some plains are places that were leveled. Isaiah 40:4: “Every valley shall be raised up, every mountain and hill made low; the rough ground shall become level, the rugged places a plain.” A … Continue reading

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register and propose sessions for Frontiers of Democracy 2018

Facebook16 Twitter0Total16Frontiers of Democracy is an annual conference hosted by the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life at Tufts University since 2009. The 2018 conference will take place from June 21 (5pm) until June 23 (1 pm) at Tufts … Continue reading

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insights on police reform from Elinor Ostrom and social choice theory

Facebook49 Twitter1Total50Elinor Ostrom was my favorite scholar. Her research was empirically rigorous and methodologically innovative. After working with Vincent Ostrom on water management, she turned to a series of studies of police. Her findings are pertinent today, when crime has fallen … Continue reading

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the moral significance of instinct, with special reference to having a dog

Facebook22 Twitter0Total22When dogs and their human owners look into each others’ eyes, oxytocin, a hormone involved in the maternal bond, rises in both creatures. When dogs are given oxytocin via a nasal spray, they want to look in their humans’ … Continue reading

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