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Occupy Wall Street: Has Jacobs Ladder Been Dismantled?

(1) Comments | Posted November 29, 2011 | 3:31 PM

It took me a long time to figure out what it was I liked so much about the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement. I am a realist and I know the movement is not perfect. But I admire the spirit, the intentions that are manifested by the participants. When...

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A new career late in life

(4) Comments | Posted October 3, 2010 | 9:40 AM

On this happy occasion of our graduation from the Landscape Institute, I could talk about how I fortuitously discovered the field of landscape design and its sister field, landscape history. Or, I could talk about the immense pleasure I have experienced struggling to master the contents of every class...

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A Poll Is Not a Vote

(32) Comments | Posted February 28, 2010 | 5:54 PM

So many of the political pundits on talk radio, television and in the newspapers claim to know what "We, the People" want. They claim to have polled a sufficient number of folks from every persuasion, denomination, and walk of life and to know within statistical margins of error what it...

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The Freedom of Speech Versus the Tyranny of Greed

(12) Comments | Posted February 9, 2010 | 7:21 PM

Cicero wrote in his Dialogue, De Oratore that "speech matters in those forms of government where consensus is achieved by reasoned persuasion rather than by autocratic decree, and where political decisions are submitted to the crucible of argument and counter‐argument in the public forum."

As Robert Pogue Harrison put it...

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