Children, Nature and Democracy

Children, Nature and Democracy

At first glance, nature, children and democracy may not seem related.  But they are. To explain this relationship, let me start with a story. Over two decades ago, while doing research for a new book, I visited Southwood Elementary, the grade school I attended when I...
Democracy as Dignity

Democracy as Dignity

Originally Published on Common Dreams, January 21, 2021 Celebrating the inauguration of a new president and an end to years of attacks on democracy is a perfect moment to probe together: What do we mean by democracy in the first place? Here’s where I start. Beyond our...
Questions Too Puny for Our Circumstances

Questions Too Puny for Our Circumstances

This blog post first appeared on Common Dreams on January 15, 2021. After four years of presidential malice and incompetence, a Trump-incited insurrection, two impeachments, and a pandemic what else could go wrong? Many things actually. Just below nuclear war is the...
A Review: Divided We Fall & The Tyranny of Merit

A Review: Divided We Fall & The Tyranny of Merit

David French, Divided We Fall:  America’s Secession Threat and How to Restore our Nation.  NY:  St Martin’s Press, 2020. Michael Sandel, The Tyranny of Merit.   NY:   Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2020. As I write (November 22) the 2020 presidential election results,...
Politics and Consequences

Politics and Consequences

As the coronavirus sweeps across the world, we have good reason to ask why we were so unprepared. Why warnings were unheeded, scientists ignored, and the Centers for Disease Control underfunded. We should be asking the same kinds of questions about the climate crisis...
Trump in Rural Ohio: Why and How He Prevails

Trump in Rural Ohio: Why and How He Prevails

On a hot, sunny day this August, President Donald Trump’s motorcade arrived at the Whirlpool washing machine factory in Clyde, Ohio. It was the first time since 1912 that a sitting president had visited the county. Clyde residents guessed the route the President would...