Monthly Archives: September 2018

the pivotal youth vote in Ayanna Pressley’s election

Facebook13 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 13Early this month, Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley defeated incumbent Rep. Mike Capuano in the Democratic primary. CIRCLE’s analysis shows that Pressley performed best in precincts where young adults or people of color are most numerous. Those precincts … Continue reading

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the Massachusetts Citizens’ Initiative Review

Facebook19 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 19[Press Release] – A 20-person panel of voters convened by the Massachusetts Citizens’ Initiative Review (CIR) pilot project has released its Citizens’ Statement on Question 1, the ballot question on nurse staffing limits. The Citizens’ Statement is … Continue reading

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how Brexit is unlike Trump (and what to do about it)

Facebook3 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 3When they think about Brexit, most of my American friends equate it with the election of Donald Trump. Both events are seen as manifestations of xenophobia, paranoia toward elites, and even Russian propaganda. You can tell that … Continue reading

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self help: a short story

Facebook7 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 7Political prisoner K. was sentenced to solitary, with only cement walls, a cot, a stinking bucket, and a food slot for company. One day, on his way back from interrogation, he saw a tattered paperback on the … Continue reading

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why learn game theory? (a lesson plan that includes a game)

Facebook23 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 23You may or may not be interested in games: playing them, designing them, or analyzing them with the tools of game theory. It is certainly understandable if games are not your thing. However, I believe that everyone … Continue reading

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nonviolent civic work under conditions of extreme violence

Facebook19 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 19My Tufts colleague Anjuli N. Fahlberg, a sociologist, has done extraordinary work in Rio de Janeiro’s City of God. Despite a staggering level of violence in that neighborhood, the residents have created a wide array of impressive … Continue reading

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churchgoing and Trump

Facebook13 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 13The Democracy Fund’s Voter Study Group has released an important new paper by Emily Ekins entitled, “Religious Trump Voters: How Faith Moderates Attitudes about Immigration, Race, and Identity.” Ekins notes that Trump performed best in the 2016 … Continue reading

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undergraduate Introduction to Civic Studies Course

Facebook19 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 19 PHIL-0020-01-Intro to Civic Studies at Tufts University (Fall 2018) Ioannis D. Evrigenis, Professor of Political Science Erin I. Kelly, Professor of Philosophy Peter Levine, Lincoln-Filene Professor and Academic Dean, Tisch College Civic Studies is an interdisciplinary … Continue reading

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V.S. Naipaul’s view of culture

Facebook7 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 7I read a lot of Naipaul in my youth and see value in his work. But Ian Buruma’s obituary profile reminds me of the main way in which I disagreed with him. Naipaul believed there were “whole … Continue reading

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from classical liberalism to a civic perspective

Facebook24 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 24Earlier this summer, I was in the van Mises Room in the Friedrich von Hayek Program in the James Buchanan Building at George Mason University, talking about my intellectual hero, Elinor Ostrom, who learned a great deal … Continue reading

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