Monthly Archives: September 2011

Would a civic republican sell you that cupcake?

Over this past week, a flurry of media attention has gathered around a quite provocative demonstration by College Republicans at the University of California-Berkley.  In protest of SB 185—pending affirmative-action-like-legislation for public universities—the organization hosted an “Increase Diversity Bake Sale.”  … Continue reading

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Moneyball: Billy Beane and Parallels to Anti-Federalism

    Whether you’re a sports fanatic, a Brad Pitt loyalist, or just an avid moviegoer, I highly urge you to see Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game. It is a remarkably made adaptation based off of the … Continue reading

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Thomas Paine: Champion of Civic Republicans or Closet Power Monger?

            Although he may never have known it, it is apparent that Thomas Paine embodied the characteristics of a Civic Republican, at least when he wrote Common Sense. It’s easy for us to see now; but even today, civic republicanism … Continue reading

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Heroes according to Bruce Willis

-by Brandon Tomlinson This dialogue is from the movie, “Live Free or Die Hard” (2007). In it, John McClane (Willis), the actioner’s big savior, says this about being a hero: John McClane: You know what you get for being a … Continue reading

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Survival of Individuals within a Desperate Community

I agree somewhat with one concept presented in several places on this blog with regard to Kemmis and Rand’s two theories: the community fosters individuals, and individuals build the community. However, in order to survive, the individual must often separate … Continue reading

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Paine and Exclusion

The exclusions that Paine includes in Common Sense are undoubtedly still with us today. Religious intolerance, while not as explicit today, is still a very real problem in America. In Common Sense, Paine excluded Quakers and Jewish people explicitly and … Continue reading

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Coyotes in the City?

Now, to warn you all, this topic is a bit off our radar in a political science class, but it does deal with possibly creating new laws in a certain area of the country.  We talked about this in my … Continue reading

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In reading Thomas Paine’s work Common Sense, one cannot help but see a distinct theme coming together with regard to representation in the colonies (and later the states). Paine clearly desires a large representative body, as well as a unique … Continue reading

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The Arc of the Democratic Wish

Morone’s The Democratic Wish presented a sophisticated but rather pessimistic view of American government.  Basically Morone says that American politics is a never-ending cycle of four steps: a stalemate of liberalism, a popular response provoked by the people, new political … Continue reading

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The Paine’s of Exclusion in Today’s Society

In lecture we were asked to complete an assignment, as a group, referencing opinions that we formed about Thomas Paine’s Appendix and Crisis.  A question that particularly stuck out to me was, “Do you think Paine’s exclusions are still with … Continue reading

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