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Category Archives: Politics

Equality & Political Ecology: From Spinoza to Politdoche

Feeling and ideas are renewed, the heart expands, the human spirit develops only through the reciprocal action of human beings on one another. Alexis de Tocqueville Referring to the prevalence … Continue reading

2013-05-14 · 1 Comment

Redeeming Rousseau: Politdoche & General Will

Recently on Daft Blogger I fell hard on the word “government” and offered a replacement, “politdoche.” This article demonstrates why it fares better as an ideal and how it would … Continue reading

2013-04-19 · 2 Comments

Is the word “government” the problem?

“The wise know that foolish legislation is a rope of sand…that the state must follow, and not lead, the character and progress of the citizen.” Ralph Waldo Emerson Our prejudices … Continue reading

2013-04-11 · 2 Comments

Citizens United and The Nadir of the Single-member-district First-past-the-post System?

Many people have been saying, ever since I’ve been old enough to vote and long before Citizens United, that we make the best of what we have and vote for … Continue reading

2013-04-04 · 2 Comments

The Politic: Borrow a French Word to Save the American Republic?

[First appeared March 25, 2013 on DaftBlogger.com] Different languages distinguish different sounds, as everyone knows, but they often pick out different nuances in ideas too. Classic examples of the first … Continue reading

2013-03-27 · 2 Comments

Gonyea’s “Mr. Tillerman’s World”: Our Trembling Tyrants Within

Art is by nature polysemic, the more so the more engrossing. Political art especially needs to pose multiple questions in order to keep our interest. If the questions can be … Continue reading

2013-03-10 · 9 Comments

Tolerance: A Few Words for a Dirty Word

A more playful title could be “Doing words dirty: de-riddling Derridian derisions.” “Tolerance,” first clichéd, was then dirtied by philosophers of wordplay, philosophers who would hold it only in the … Continue reading

2013-02-14 · 3 Comments

Remembering Mubarak: Tahrir, Zuccotti, & Future Democracy

Today marks the two-year anniversary of Hosni Mubarak’s departure. At the end of 2011, Time’s Person of the Year was “The Protester,” and the issue was wrapped in Tahrir Square. … Continue reading

2013-02-11 · 5 Comments

Squaring The Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street

“Democracy is the safest of all states.” Aristotle (Politics) Aristotle can be dismissed as a racist, misogynist, or xenophobe. He may be all those and a dry writer, but few … Continue reading

2013-02-09 · 6 Comments

Open Letter to Muslim Brotherhood & Egyptian Opposition: A Way Out: Minimal Elections Maximal Participation

Dear Brothers and Sisters of the MB and NSF (National Salvation Front), Below is a way forward and perhaps an opportunity for Egypt to become a model for new democracy … Continue reading

2013-01-31 · 5 Comments

Unriddling Lochner: Pound’s Legal Philosophy Explains a Ton of Anomaly

Jurisprudence (philosophy of law) sounds like quite an intimidating word; but, as Roscoe Pound ably demonstrates, knowing a bit about what law is and what law sets out to do … Continue reading

2013-01-26 · 5 Comments

The Egg Came First: Plato’s Parmenides or How Progress Exists in Philosophy

Plato’s dialogue “Parmenides” is notoriously enigmatic. Viewing it through the proper (wide-angle) lens, however, it is quite readable and well worth the effort. In it, the philosopher critiques his own … Continue reading

2013-01-18 · 6 Comments

Defending the People from the Professors, John P. McCormick

Defending the People from the Professors by John P. McCormick. For some years now, while presenting parts of a book on Machiavelli and democratic theory across North America, I’ve been … Continue reading

2013-01-17 · 2 Comments

Inspiring Story: Albert R. Hall, A Real Wisconsin Hero

This is a story of the power of one dedicated individual, a story that could restore your faith in politics. This is a story about how a modest farmer, of … Continue reading

2012-12-30 · 4 Comments

If Crowds are Wise, Why isn’t Congress?

[Appeared Dec. 20, 2013 on Truthout. Look for comments there: http://bit.ly/1hsp2zr%5D We’ve all heard of the “wisdom of crowds” especially after James Surowiecki’s 2004 best-selling book by that name and … Continue reading

2012-12-25 · 6 Comments

US Presidential Elections 1912 to 2012: What’s changed? What’s still the same?

Wondering what has changed in society and politics over the last 100 years, I looked back at the 1912 election–no time-machine jokes please. What I found was not encouraging. Much … Continue reading

2012-12-18 · Leave a comment

What does Plato have to do with anything?

What does “Idealism” mean to you? I am referring to philosophical Idealism not the psychological variety–the kind that would call someone naive or unrealistic. Idealism in philosophy (and likewise just … Continue reading

2012-12-13 · 6 Comments

Could a Future Election be a Lottery?

What if politics were not a horse race? Hearing the junkies rattle on, the pundits and talking heads babble, I am struck by the game discourse. Every district, every seat … Continue reading

2012-12-10 · 17 Comments