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Fear

“When governments fear the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny” -Thomas Jefferson   This election, as characterized by the media, is dominated by fear: The vast majority of Americans say they are afraid … Continue reading

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How to Influence Polls and Win Elections

Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber. ~Plato  Clinton is well ahead at the polls. Common opinion two weeks ago (August 9, 2016), was that convention bounces were … Continue reading

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Immigration: IPAT

Noah Smith wrote an article in Bloomberg about how to convince the Japanese to have more kids: Japan would like to stabilize its rapidly aging population, and there are really only two ways to do that. It can let in … Continue reading

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Educating for the Anthropocene: The Global Picture

Just as the Anthropocene is global, so its governance must be as well. Of course, this is easier said than done; countries are the only sovereign entities we have, meaning that any such global governance can only be attained through … Continue reading

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Educating for the Anthropocene: the Local View

The Anthropocene (April 26, 2016 blog) is a proposed epoch beginning when human activities started to have a significant global impact on Earth’s geology and ecosystems. Regardless of what we call our time period, if we want to successfully manage … Continue reading

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The Politics of the Anthropocene Part 1: The Triggers.

Last week I listed three articles that prompted me to shift my focus from the ongoing 2016 presidential campaigns to the more abstract aspects of politicizing the Anthropocene, but I did not have time to speak about the articles in … Continue reading

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Cuba and Miami: The Importance of Friendly Neighbors

Synagogue Beth Shalom – Havana, Cuba A JDC marked car in front of the synagogue Above, you see the beautiful Beth Shalom (House of Peace) synagogue we visited in Havana, as well as a car that belongs to the synagogue … Continue reading

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Guest Blog by Jake Levin: Study Abroad in Havana, Cuba

Hello! This is guest blogger Jake Levin. By way of background, I’m a senior Macaulay Honors College student studying political science and philosophy at Brooklyn College, and I recently returned from a month spent studying abroad in Havana, Cuba. I … Continue reading

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Back From Cuba

For the semester break I decided to “unwind” with a book about the Holocaust and one on the consequences of a nuclear Armageddon – one covering the painful past and the other looking at a possible end of human civilization. … Continue reading

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Assessment: Shenzhen’s Mudslide and a Prognosis for the Planet?

Figure 1– Shenzhen Mudslide New Year’s Eve is around the corner, which makes this a great time to reflect on the last three months and follow up on my Fall Assessment (September 22, 2015). As far as global focus on … Continue reading

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