Monthly Archives: May 2018

“to you and I”

Facebook14 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 14I think I’m noticing more and more people using “I” instead of “me” when it’s the object of a verb, as in “Please give it to Joe and I.” This may have started as an over-correction. Kids … Continue reading

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Philip, Hannah, and Heinrich: a Play

Facebook20 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 20“[Philip] Roth, who passed away last week, will be spending a lot of time with Arendt now, as he will be buried near her in the Bard College cemetery. According to an anecdote related by Bard’s President, … Continue reading

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polycentricity: the case for a (very) mixed economy

Facebook14 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 14I haven’t really studied Quinn Slobodian’s history of neo-liberalism, Globalists: The End of Empire and the Birth of Neoliberalism, nor Nancy MacLean’s Democracy In Chains: The Deep History Of The Radical Right’s Stealth Plan For America. I am following the controversy … Continue reading

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outline of a session on civic agency

Facebook10 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 10This morning, I enjoyed working with an impressive group of Rwandan professionals (academics, clinicians and others). The outline of the session could work for other groups and is “open source”–available for anyone to borrow. I open with … Continue reading

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notes on cultural appropriation after the royal wedding

Facebook31 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 31In the current debate about “cultural appropriation,” I would offer these premises: everything is mixed, mixing is good, having your culture borrowed can give you more power, and demands for authenticity are problematic. Although I recognize exceptions and … Continue reading

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Bologna, Santiago de Cali, and Tulsa win Cities of Service’ first Engaged Cities Award

Facebook7 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 7I enjoyed serving on the selection committee for Cities of Service’s inaugural Engaged Cities Award and reading many superb applications. The winners were announced today. From the announcement: Bologna, Italy: Realizing that bureaucracy was hindering citizens’ ability to … Continue reading

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support civics in Massachusetts #CivicsforMA #MAcivicsforall

Facebook10 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 10Right now is a “virtual advocacy day” for Massachusetts S.2375, “an act to promote and enhance civic engagement. I’m doing my bit by blogging in support of the law–which will also need an adequate appropriation. The bill … Continue reading

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where youth stand on the 2018 election

Facebook5 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 5On April 30, Reuters drew attention with the headline, “Exclusive: Democrats lose ground with millennials – Reuters/Ipsos poll.” The basis was a pair of online surveys of more than 16,000 registered voters under age 35 conducted in … Continue reading

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take a survey on civic education in the US

Facebook17 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 17Would you be willing to take a survey that will help a new coalition expand and improve civic education in the USA? This coalition is led by iCivics, and many leaders in the field have already joined. … Continue reading

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ambition: pro or con?

Facebook10 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 10How should we think about ambition? Here are four possibilities: It’s basically a sin. According to the OED, “ambicioun” already appears in 1449 on a list of “vicis” (vices), right between “pride,” and “vein glorie.” It’s the … Continue reading

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