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Gary Dorrien

Blog Entries by Gary Dorrien

The Undeserving and the Common Good

0 Comments | Posted April 10, 2012 | 10:30 AM

Americans have long debated two fundamentally different visions of what kind of country the U.S. should be. The first is the vision of a society that provides unrestricted liberty to acquire wealth. The second is the vision of a realized democracy in which rights over society's major institutions are established....

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Imagining the Hateful Obama

53 Comments | Posted March 16, 2012 | 4:00 PM

The most baleful aspect of the 2012 election is that many Americans are eager to believe ludicrous things about President Obama. In some polling, up to one-third of Americans claim that Obama is not a legitimate president, he refuses to defend America's vital interests, and he is sympathetic...

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Lent: The Wilderness Within and Without

2 Comments | Posted March 8, 2012 | 9:03 AM

Please join the HuffPost community in "A Lenten Journey" for reflections throughout Lent, and join our online Lenten community here.

Lent is the time when we think of Jesus in the wilderness. The gospel of Mark is short and vivid on this topic: "He was in...

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Obama's Communitarianism

82 Comments | Posted March 4, 2012 | 6:15 PM

Barack Obama is a liberal-leaning, moderate, pragmatic communitarian. His thought was shaped in the 1980s and early 1990s, when debates over liberalism versus communitarianism re-energized the field of political theory. There are conservative forms of communitarian theory that place a high value on authority and social cohesion. There are progressive...

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Imagining the Fighting Obama

35 Comments | Posted February 17, 2012 | 2:20 PM

Barack Obama got to be president by persuading political independents that a likable type like himself could inspire cooperation across party lines to solve the nation's problems. He wanted to be the Ronald Reagan of his party, a forward-looking optimist who changed the course of history. He wanted to do...

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