What would Howard Zinn do with Coburn?

When thinking about civic engagement, I usually start with the question: What would Howard Zinn do? Hence N. Awakening. But today, as Howard Zinn’s legacy continues, how might he have spoken out against the “funding” question with respect to the people’s representatives /and/ funding political science research. Prima facie, American politics as well as World…

A Republican Swipe at Blight

Align Left: Professor                              Center: Student                            Align Right: Gadfly Take Daniel Rodgers… “Republicanism: The Career of a Concept.” He finds two paradigms of republicanism: From the Harvard and St. Louis schools. They “favored radically different accounts Of post republican history” for use. 1992, 19. Are we back to Riker’s dismal science? Quite the opposite.…

Roosting Justice, Roasting Conservatives.

Align Left: Professor                     Center: Student                         Align Right: Gadfly So how can you place the American state,  On a political map in political space;   When its legislation is all over the place!? Authoritarianism here… republicanism there…    And liberalism everywhere! The professor is keen: When different factions win legal commitments;  Win legitimate use of the…

Political Science’s 2nd Law?

Align Left: Professor                     Center: Student                         Align Right: Gadfly My next appointment cancelled, Kroar. So we have some more time to find origins:  “Don’t political languages have unique structures,      Structuring unique ethical choruses?” Funny how often these academics, Smile; like they are playing chess, And foresee checkmate, Upon the opponent. Plato and Polybius hit the…

Ode to Ostriches

“Geometry is knowledge of the eternally existent” Pythagoras. Align Left: Professor                     Center: Student                         Align Right: Gadfly autos ephe (“he himself said”): Haven’t they understood yet; The geometry of many political languages? How languages structure and create essence, Because, exogenously, they are structuring; And also against each-other taking positions? We know why Pythagoras; Never found five.…

Driving Detroit: by George Galster

This is my paraphrasing of George Galster’s presentation at Wayne State’s 2013 Meaning of Citizenship Conference. ************** Humans need physical resources, social resources, and psychological resources. Said differently, humans need respect. However, respect in Detroit has long been frustrated by an (1) economic engine of anxiety and (2) housing disassembly line. Detroit’s “economic engine of…

Public Lecture: Rogers Smith

Here is my paraphrasing of Rogers Smith’s “Keynote” speech, from Wayne State’s 2013 Meaning of Citizenship Conference. Rogers Smith New book, Civic Horizons, will address some of the issues outlined below. ************** There are 4 big questions of citizenship, which hold empirical and normative dimensions, and will help illuminate the “big picture” with respect to citizenship. The…