Democracy

Think Again: Intelligence

Here are seven premises that have allowed a secret intelligence community costing the US taxpayer as much as $100 billion dollars a year to exist without being held accountable for systemic and specific failures.

Empowering Public Wisdom: Chapter 4

In a democracy we, the people, are stewards of the values in our communities and country. We need to be in charge of seeing that those values govern our collective lives. That’s why we need to talk together about it. 

Empowering Public Wisdom: Chapter 1, A Practical Vision of Citizen-Led Politics

The public is not just a bunch of isolated disengaged individuals. It is the people in the sense of Lincoln’s memorable phrase “a government of the people, by the people, for the people.” When I talk about public wisdom I mean that the public has latent wisdom that can be brought out and then spoken by its public voice — the voice of the people. People can and must empower their public wisdom to have real impact in the world. 

Glory in the Highest (Part Three)

But wait a minute. What about all the people who don't have enough to eat and a comfortable place to sleep? How about the victims of war and epidemics, and the oppressed who live under the rule of tyrants, and the innocents whose lives are distorted by bigotry? Where's their glory in the highest? Why should they feel grateful? Part Three of a three-part series.

Fred Astaire in the White House

Remember Obama's campaign slogan? "Yes we can." Yes we can what? Stand the robot of monoculture up on its wheels again? Our challenge goes beyond universal health care, economy, and environment. It is no less than pulling the plug on 8000 years of Empire.

The World Exhales

When I discovered yesterday morning that Obama had won, I wept. And wept. Is it an exaggeration to say the global village's heart is opening up?

Habits of the Heart

In the classic study Habits of the Heart: Individualism and Commitment in American Life, the authors explore the ways in which contemporary Americans use private and public modes of thought to make sense of the world around them, even as that world is swept from under their feet.

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