Expert-led knowledge power is on the march, embodied in "Big Data," predictive technologies, and movements like translational science. All seek to fix people and problems from the outside, and view everyday citizens as largely ignorant and passive.
Walker's attack has traction for the same reason extremist forces have been able to attack education across the country. The purpose and cultural logic of education have shrunk, creating vulnerabilities.
Real populism does not mean simply railing against banks, as liberals pining for an Elizabeth Warren presidential bid assume. Genuine populism is a vision of democratic renaissance based on cross-partisan civic empowerment.
President Obama's posthumous award of the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Bayard Rustin on November 20, 2013, marked overdue recognition of Rustin's extraordinary contributions to the civil rights movement.
The University of Minnesota recently hosted Sam Daley-Harris, founder of RESULTS. Sam was on a book tour for the 20th edition of Reclaiming Our Democracy, and I prepared for the dialogue between us following his talk.
Government is a science. Political science is, according to Aristotle, the study of the state. But if governance is a science why don't we see more experimenting with the state? Why aren't we trying new things in government?
Effectively, what we are seeing in Detroit are two different disciplines -- abstract finance on one hand and urban planning and design on the other -- telling two very different stories about the same city.
At this grave hour in which the future of Europe and that of the global economy are at stake, let's not forget that European institution-building has always been more effective when based on the national interests of the member states.