Monthly Archives: March 2018

the emperor’s new wall

Facebook16 Twitter0Total16 Great briefing this afternoon on the start of our Southern Border WALL! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 28, 2018 Donald Trump says that his border wall is being built; yesterday, he even tweeted pictures of it. … Continue reading

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from I to we: an outline of a theory

Facebook28 Twitter0Total28These are the main ideas that I’ve defended (or plan to develop) in my theoretical scholarship. They are organized from micro to macro and from ethics to politics. As always, I put this draft online to welcome critical feedback. … Continue reading

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the 2018 Youth Electoral Significance Index (YESI)

Facebook14 Twitter0Total14From CIRCLE today: CIRCLE’s updated Youth Electoral Significance Index (YESI) is a valuable tool for any individual, campaign, organization, or institution that seeks to increase youth political engagement. Earlier this month, we highlighted the top 10 congressional districts where young people … Continue reading

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talking about student activism on Under the Radar with Callie Crossley

Facebook3 Twitter0Total3I was on WGBH’s “Under the Radar” today with host Callie Crossley and an excellent student activist named Victoria Massey, who is a senior at Charlestown High School and a member of the Hyde Square Task Force community organizing group. The … Continue reading

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should Democrats play constitutional hardball in 2019-20?

Facebook14 Twitter0Total14In How Democracies Die, Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt use comparative evidence to argue that democracies rely on two “soft guardrails”: constitutional forbearance and mutual toleration.* Forbearance means that political actors refrain from using all the powers that the … Continue reading

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how information relates to power, according to C.V. Wedgewood

Facebook13 Twitter0Total13C.V. (Veronica) Wedgewood’s The Thirty Years War is almost a century old, but it remains an inexhaustible source of insights. TaNahisi Coates loves it, too: “Take this for whatever it’s worth but she writes better than any historian I’ve … Continue reading

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Nicole Doerr, Political Translation: How Social Movement Democracies Survive

Facebook33 Twitter0Total33A century ago, Robert Michels observed what he called the “Iron Law of Oligarchy” at work in the socialist and revolutionary labor parties and movements of Europe. He argued that these groups provided “the best field of observation” for … Continue reading

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come work at CIRCLE (and two other great jobs involving civic engagement)

Facebook31 Twitter0Total31We are hiring a researcher for the CIRCLE team, which I supervise. Researcher – Tisch College – (18001131) The Researcher will work with CIRCLE (The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement), a research-based think tank that studies how … Continue reading

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what does youth civic engagement have to do with inequality?

Facebook2 Twitter0Total2In lieu of a blog post here today, this is a piece I wrote for the W.T. Grant Foundation’s website. It begins: My colleagues and I at the Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning & Engagement (CIRCLE) … Continue reading

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media literacy and the social discovery of reality

Facebook30 Twitter0Total30If you’re concerned about media education in the current fraught moment, you should read danah boyd’s “You Think You Want Media Literacy… Do You?” and Renee Hobbs’ response in Medium. In my crude summary: danah boyd surveys some media literacy programs and … Continue reading

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