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UC's Crisis: More Than a Police Problem

(19) Comments | Posted December 1, 2011 | 11:10 AM

This piece was co-authored by Rei Terada, Professor of Comparative Literature at UC Irvine

UC President Mark C. Yudof has appointed former police Chief William Bratton to head the investigation into the University of California Police Department's recent use of force against non-violent demonstrators at UC Davis. He has...

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Citizens or Stakeholders?

(44) Comments | Posted October 19, 2009 | 7:54 PM

The insurance industry's recent effort to scare the American public about the costs of health care reform reveals one of the fundamental flaws in the Obama administration's strategy to reform the system of health care in the United States. Surprisingly enough this weakness has come in an area normally...

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We Can't Afford the Politics of Punishment

(9) Comments | Posted September 17, 2009 | 1:01 PM

When the California Assembly refused to confront the enormity of our prison crisis, they revealed the bankruptcy of California's politics of punishment. Few doubt that the correctional system is in terrible shape: prisons are overcrowded, parole and probation officers are overwhelmed, recidivism rates are sky high, prisoners' health and the...

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California's Crisis: Coming to a Neighborhood Near you

(27) Comments | Posted August 24, 2009 | 4:46 PM

California's budget crisis continues through the summer and threatens to worsen in the fall. In its wake a rough "common sense" has emerged among the State's political class and local and national commentators and pundits. California, we are instructed, has finally reached the end of its ability to sustain its...

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Jefferson's Epitaph...and Ours

(5) Comments | Posted July 31, 2009 | 5:34 PM

While I watched the theater of the absurd that produced the 2009-2010 California Budget my thoughts kept returning to Thomas Jefferson. Jefferson -- first Secretary of State, second Vice-President, third President of the United States -- drew up his own epitaph shortly before he died. Jefferson's epitaph was simple --...
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