Category Archives: Politics

The Reason Party Voters Will Stick With Clinton and Trump

The Reason Party Voters Will Stick With Clinton and Trump

There’s a lot of speculation these days that many Democratic opponents of Hillary Clinton and Republican opponents of Trump will refuse to support these two candidates should they be nominated. The prospect of such abandonment of the victors in intramural party squabbles has arisen in hotly contested primary seasons in the past, though it perhaps… Read More…

You’re a Commie; You’re a Fascist!

You’re a Commie; You’re a Fascist!

I remember back when I was just getting interested in politics as a young teen in the 60s. My family was fairly liberal, and I was pretty much in sync with their views. I vividly recall being taken aback by the frequency with which ultra-conservatives, generally then from the John Birch Society, would label liberals… Read More…

What’s in the Water – Religiously?

What’s in the Water – Religiously?

I realize there are always bizarre things happening in the area of religion and politics. In fact, one could make a good case that, relative to the often very dark distant past, things are relatively calm now. Having admitted that, however, I still can’t help but note that there are unusual and unfortunate religious developments… Read More…

Ethics and the Presidential Race

Ethics and the Presidential Race

I’ve been teaching two courses recently on ethical lessons from sacred text. It occurred to me that it might be interesting in a short blog to apply some of the most salient principles from this teaching to recent events in the presidential campaign. As a recovering politician, I’m well aware of the fact that no… Read More…

The Economic Value of Student Achievement Gains

The Economic Value of Student Achievement Gains

I am absolutely fascinated by the recent publication of the working paper, “Economic Gains for U.S. States from Educational Reform.” The paper was authored by Eric A. Hanushek, Jens Ruhose, and Ludger Woessemann under the banner of the National Bureau of Economic Research. A summary of it can be found here: How to make the… Read More…