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Pragmatism

We Must Recover America's Hopeful Spirit

Michael Shammas | Posted 11.18.2014 | Politics
Michael Shammas

While we used to feel inspired by our country, we now feel disenchanted. While we used to hope, now we doubt. And rather than listening to leaders who unite us, too often we pay heed to demagogues like Rush Limbaugh whose sole source of profit comes from division and discord.

A War Waged on Humanity

Antoinette Brock | Posted 10.21.2014 | Impact
Antoinette Brock

"There are no winners in war and the only right side to take is the one where humanity stands." -- Kenneth Nguyen The war waged against black boys ...

Sincere, but Ideological: Judges Can Be Partisan, Even if Not Consciously Biased

Peter M. Shane | Posted 10.13.2014 | Politics
Peter M. Shane

It is honorable no doubt to defend federal judges against the charge that they are merely "partisan hacks." But there is no doubt that lawyers expect party ideology to affect those judges' rulings and that they are wise to do so.

Finding Wisdom in a Fractured World

Harold Lloyd | Posted 06.05.2014 | Impact
Harold Lloyd

The wise person understands why we run from questions that we might not be able to answer, and why we wrongly avoid other obstacles or risks that we should face. Our default emotions have evolved to lament loss more than to celebrate gain.

With the Fixed Presence of the Military, It's Time to Focus More on Grassroots, Community-Based Restorative Justice Initiatives in Egypt

Andrew P. Klager, Ph.D. | Posted 04.19.2014 | Politics
Andrew P. Klager, Ph.D.

When top-down "solutions" from the Egyptian government, military, or state police seem out of reach or otherwise too fickle to rely on, making space for a community to band together and take matters into their own hands through grassroots restorative justice initiatives is a far more reliable.

A One Year BA? Perhaps

Jonathan Haber | Posted 03.17.2014 | College
Jonathan Haber

Note: A version of the following piece appeared at my Degree of Freedom website upon the completion of my One Year BA project. Before explaining why ...

Richard Posner tackles complexity

Robert Teitelman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Robert Teitelman

Has a nation ever been more tightly connected, more endlessly chatty, and more generally baffled? We bathe in verbiage - oral and written, emailed, bl...

Expectations and Reality in Egypt: A Time for Authentic Pragmatism

Andrew P. Klager, Ph.D. | Posted 09.07.2013 | World
Andrew P. Klager, Ph.D.

Since I conduct research on peace and conflict in Egypt and have barely been able to peel myself away from the coverage of ongoing events, I get a lot of questions on my views of what's transpired recently.

8 Problems That Startups Are Lucky to Have

Chad Hagan | Posted 06.19.2013 | Business
Chad Hagan

All businesses face challenges in the beginning, but here are some "problems" facing startup entrepreneurs that might not be so bad after all.

Diverging Bases: The Case Against the Metric System

Lila Nordstrom | Posted 05.21.2013 | Science
Lila Nordstrom

In the same way that the foot was obviously invented by a potentially vain, math-hating medieval person, the meter was clearly invented by an anti-social mathematician.

Get Smart! Cultivate Interdependence!

Michael Roth | Posted 01.15.2013 | College
Michael Roth

The goal of inquiry isn't Truth with a capital "T;" it is more inquiry. The goal of liberal learning is more learning. We hold onto our "plasticity" by holding onto our ability to be affected by others -- to learn from experience in context.

Review of Romano's America the Philosophical

Michael Roth | Posted 07.29.2012 | College
Michael Roth

Romano does offer a series of often intelligent reflections on a diverse group of American writers. That doesn't make his work or our country philosophical, but it does remind us of books we might turn to as we continue our conversations.

Jane Addams, Education and the 'Snare of Preparation'

Michael Roth | Posted 09.10.2012 | College
Michael Roth

Liberal education today should prepare students for life, and many colleges have been increasingly focused on doing a better job of helping them transition from campus to life after graduation.

My Struggles With Anti-Intellectualism

Paul Stoller | Posted 07.08.2012 | College
Paul Stoller

"Can do" pragmatism was the fuel of America prosperity. But that pragmatism was reinforced with an abiding respect for knowledge and critical thinking. It's hard to do anything in a place devoid of new ideas, a place where dreamers are discouraged from dreaming.

1937, 2011: Déjà Vu All Over Again -- Stimulus Wanes, Unemployment Increases

Paul Abrams | Posted 09.18.2011 | Politics
Paul Abrams

One of the reasons the U.S. economy did so well in the last half of the 20th century is that we ignored ideology in favor of pragmatism. That is no longer true. Ideology has again become fashionable. And, we are paying for it, dearly.

Muddling Through in the Middle East Is Not a Substitute for Strategy

Leon T. Hadar | Posted 06.05.2011 | World
Leon T. Hadar

Obama's "pragmatism" is based on a process of muddling through the path of least resistance, under which pressure from powerful political players, and the impact of the media, end up determining the final policy decision.

Towards Truly Progressive Education Unions

Conor Williams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Conor Williams

I know that workers need a voice to advocate for their interests when negotiating with their employers .... But I also know that teachers unions, in their current iteration, have lost their way.

So Much for the Art of the Possible: Obama's Pragmatism Refutes Itself

Roger Hodge | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Roger Hodge

Now that the election is over and the Democrats have officially abdicated control of the House of Representatives, is it too much to hope that we can have a candid national debate about what has gone wrong with the Obama Administration?

Treacherous Politics

James Miller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James Miller

Anyone who has read Founding Brothers, or any other great read about the men who founded this country, can't help but be blown away by how different p...

November and the Calculus of American Centrism

Dennis Santiago | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dennis Santiago

The ensuing aimless frustration and fury in politics are the cards that excite the media as the pursuit of ratings turns everything into reality television. But where are the voices of the American center?

India's Burma Policy Is Not Pragmatism, It's Realism

Matthew Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Matthew Smith

India graciously hosted the Burmese Dictator Than Shwe this week, raising the question as to why the world's largest democracy would welcome one of the world's worst dictators, a man associated with crimes against humanity.

Balanced Life -- Act the Way You Want To Feel

Gretchen Rubin | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Gretchen Rubin

Although we presume that we act because of the way we feel, in fact, we often feel because of the way we act.

Keeping the Wheels on the Obama Presidency

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

Because he cannot provide peace and prosperity, Obama needs to pass some meaningful legislation to demonstrate that he is doing something positive. Just getting a health care bill passed will mean nothing to many Americans.

Here Comes Gov 2.0 -- and a New Generation of Federal Workers

Craig Newmark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Craig Newmark

This is Gov 2.0. Not what you're expecting from federal civil servants, who have been seriously empowered to do their job, and told their jobs really matter -- something they haven't heard for years.

Pragmatist Hope for Health Care

Michael Roth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Roth

I don't expect Obama will satisfy those who are certain government shouldn't get bigger, or those who have no doubt that only government can address health care. But he will have made progress.