Category Archives: politics

International student applications to American campuses down in 2017: new study

Have fewer foreign students applied to American colleges and universities in the way of Trump’s election?  We’ve seen several attempts to determine this, but a new report claims the answer is clearly “yes”. The number of newly arriving international students … Continue reading

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The future of democracy: an interesting idea

How will governments change?  Will the 21st century see more or fewer democracies? A fascinating new Pew Research survey examines global attitudes towards governmental structures, and offers a glimpse into several possible futures. Let me draw out what I think … Continue reading

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How plutocracy works in America: the DEA-opioid story

When does a modern democracy function as a plutocracy?  A recent Washington Post/60 Minutes investigation (video) offers one disturbing case study from the present day. It alleges that the pharmaceutical industry successfully prevented the United States Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) from … Continue reading

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A growing partisan split over American higher education

American attitudes towards higher education are increasingly driven by party politics.  According to new Pew research, Democrats are more likely to like colleges and universities, while Republicans are even more critical of them than they used to be. A majority … Continue reading

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American health care reform under the Republicans: three scenarios

Once again I detour into politics.  It’s for a good reason, I assure you. Today the United States Senate Republicans have issued their own health care reform proposal, the ‘‘Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017’’.  Finally shared in public after … Continue reading

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Building an American caste system, part 1: rural folk

Sometimes my personal and research worlds collide.  Thursday night I was thinking about a good, recent article on the continued suckage of rural broadband and starting to write about it.  My readers know that this is a very immediate problem for … Continue reading

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Why I host conversations in 2017

Why should anyone host a conversation in 2017? I’ve been meditating on this question over the past few weeks, between multiple professional trips (all in the US this time), a series of online presentations, several face-to-face presentations, three meeting facilitations, … Continue reading

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