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Democracy as dialogue — and the peril of excluding women from the conversation

Robin Lakoff, professor emerita of linguistics | November 8, 2012

Americans are rightly proud of our increasingly democratic form of government. But too often we call ourselves a “democracy” without asking just what that means, or ought to mean. If we were to do so, we might discover that we are less democratic than we think. Occasionally, too, the inability of some candidates for electoral … Continue reading »

Thoughts on Tax Day 2012

Robert Reich, professor of public policy | April 17, 2012

As Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., wrote in 1904, “taxes are the price we pay for a civilized society.” But the wealthiest Americans, who haven’t raked in as much of America’s income and wealth since the 1920s, are today paying a lower tax rate than they have in over thirty years. Even though America faces … Continue reading »

Occupy elections, with a simple message

George Lakoff, professor emeritus of linguistics | December 1, 2011

What’s next? That’s the question being asked as cities close down Occupy encampments and winter approaches. The answer is simple. Just as the Tea Party gained power, the Occupy Movement can. The Occupy movement has raised awareness of a great many of America’s real issues and has organized supporters across the country. Next comes electoral … Continue reading »

Occupiers occupied: The hijacking of the First Amendment

Robert Reich, professor of public policy | November 17, 2011

A funny thing happened to the First Amendment on its way to the public forum. According to the Supreme Court, money is now speech and corporations are now people. But when real people without money assemble to express their dissatisfaction with the political consequences of this, they’re treated as public nuisances and evicted. First things … Continue reading »