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Citizen Politics

Fighting Autocracy with Democracy

Harry Boyte | Posted 03.11.2016 | Education
Harry Boyte

We need to name and advance resources for democracy these days. Deborah Meier, in our blog conversation in Education Week about democracy in schools (...

Let's Teach Children That Politics Isn't Warfare

Harry Boyte | Posted 02.12.2016 | Politics
Harry Boyte

Today people think "politics" is a kind of warfare, funded by the superrich, revolving around parties, politicians, and professionals as detached experts. Citizens need to reclaim politics as the way to negotiate differences to get something done and work out how to live together.

A Citizen Alternative to ISIS

Harry Boyte | Posted 11.23.2015 | Politics
Harry Boyte

In the face of violent threats from groups like ISIS, a citizen-led alternative is crucial. Schools and colleges are a potential site. Thus my first idea.

The People's Politics of Nelson Mandela

Harry Boyte | Posted 02.08.2014 | Politics
Harry Boyte

We need to switch from the dominant "great man" view of Mandela as a singular savior of South Africa to an understanding of his citizen-empowering politics if we are to do justice to his legacy and its potential for contribution to a world in turmoil and crisis.

Citizen Politics -- a New Minnesota Miracle

Harry Boyte | Posted 10.09.2012 | Politics
Harry Boyte

In Minnesota, the citizen politics used by MN United may show that a different kind of politics is not only civic -- concerned with the long-term health of the public culture, in addition to the issue at hand. It is also effective on one of the most contentious issues of our time.