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Readings for Next Week (2/7 & 2/9)

For Friday and Monday, we are reading several critics of modern democracy, largely undertaken from an elitist perspective. The first is Hannah More’s “Village Politics.” You can also find an interesting discussion of More’s pamphlet here (this is not assigned, … Continue reading

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Thinking about the first week of the Trump Administration

Since this came up in class, I thought it might be of use to provide some basic thoughts about some of Trump’s recent executive orders and actions (for instance, the fact that he has placed is political advisor, Steve Bannon, … Continue reading

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Welcome to Democratic Theory 2017

Welcome to the students taking the spring 2017 version of the Eastman Democratic Theory course! Over the next day or so, I will be adding these new students as contributors to the blog, and I will be adding some posts … Continue reading

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Democratic Diatribe

Please read this first and foremost. It will only take a few seconds. I can’t remember exactly when I discovered Humans of New York (HONY), but it’s one of the few things on my Facebook newsfeed which I take the … Continue reading

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The Ineffective Foreign-Founder

I ran across an interesting article a while ago which caught my attention: https://esmdemocratictheory.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post-new.php?post_type=post The article, written by Pippa Biddle, encourages volunteers NOT to join organizations and/or trips which involve helping communities facing certain crises (lack of shelter, famine/drought, disease, … Continue reading

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Link to Mill’s “Considerations on Representative Government”

Starting next Thursday, we are examining J.S. Mill’s defense of the idea of a  representative democracy. You can find the text online here. If you have trouble with that link, try here. I will be posting some discussion questions and … Continue reading

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An Analysis of Nixon in China

I’m about to own up to the ridiculous John Adams (the composer) obsession I have. I want to analyze his opera Nixon in China (premiered in 1987) in such a way as to hit a few themes we developed in … Continue reading

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