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A few decades ago, it also would have been difficult to imagine how such a Kol Nidre service could have come together. Like Occupy Wall Street and its growing number of spin-offs, these events happen because of the extensive use of social media by savvy organizers who don’t need or seek the...
Pop quiz: What’s so bad about the financialization of the U.S. economy over recent decades? If you’re like most people who are uneasy with the outsized power of finance, chances are you can’t boil down your concerns to a pithy sound bite. So why is there such ridicule of the protesters “occupying”...
WHERE: Demos: 220 Fifth Avenue 5th Floor New York, NY 10001 Demos and Dissent Magazine invite you to a lively forum featuring acclaimed historian Michael Kazin, discussing his new book AMERICAN DREAMERS: How the Left Changed a Nation.  AMERICAN DREAMERS delivers a deft national history in...
About a year after the 1995 bombing of the Murrah Federal Building, I visited Oklahoma City and went to the bombsite with a friend who had covered the attack as a television news cameraman. No memorial or museum had yet been built; fencing covered with teddy bears, flags and scrawled messages...
In the past two decades, '"civil society" has become a central organizing concept in the social sciences. Occupying the middle ground between the state and private life, the civil sphere encompasses everything from associations to protests to church groups to nongovernmental organizations. Interest...
David Callahan: I’m not surprised at the high level of cheating among business students; research tells us that business students cheat at among the highest rates of students. I think that a lot of professors often get a lot of pushback for exposing cheating. A professor at the University...
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