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Nonprofits Are Our Informal Government

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As the director of a nonprofit 501(c)(3), I have had to quickly learn how these kinds of organizations function. I had been an employee, volunteer, and member of nonprofits in the past, but taking a leadership position in one has...More

 

It's Politics Stupid!

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In May 2009, former International Monetary Fund chief economist Simon Johnson wrote an important essay in The Atlantic on the origins and implications of the 2008 financial collapse, called "The Quiet Coup." The financial gloom that swept over the US...More

 

Return of the Pharaohs

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First quarter of my freshman year in college, I took an ancient history course. Fascinated I was with early civilizations, and the art, culture, and politics they developed over thousands of years of thinking things over. The Egyptians were especially...More

 

Defending the One Percent

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It seems puzzling that Harvard University would grant tenure, let alone appoint someone to be the chairman of its economics department, who fundamentally doesn't believe in economics. But there it is, all spelled out in a much talked about new...More

 

Life Before Social Security

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This year I will be 71 years old, assuming I make it and I have close family now into their eighties. I was born in the first year of WW II and my older relatives born in the 1930s during...More

 

PPF at SxSW Interactive - come say hi

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Two of the PPF team will be at SxSW Interactive this week. I’ll be there to sneak-preview the recently re-designed OpenGovernment.org , for engagement with state & city government. I’m attending with James McKinney, the E.D. of the Canadian non-profit...More

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One Year After Limbaugh Attack, 2471 Sponsors Lost is No Fluke

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Lest we forget, here are the highlights: Susan Fluke … so much sex she can’t afford her own birth control pills. What does that make her? It makes her a slut right? It makes her a prostitute! She wants to...More

 

The Tea Party, part 1

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The old saying goes: It's important to keep your friends close, but your enemies closer. Keeping this in mind, a few weeks ago I joined a Tea Party community undercover. I rarely post there, I'm too afraid too, what I've...More

 

#SoTU 2013

For updates on the State of the Union tonight, probably best-practice is to follow along with our lists on the micropublishing service :: Congress-Watchers on @opencongress Political science by @ppolitics #opengov & civic engagement & open-data leaders Federal Budget &...More

 

The Tea Party: Steeped In Perdition

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It’s Saturday February 9th! Do you know where your podcast is? On this day in history back in 2009, a few loose-screw Americans formed what we ended up calling the Tea Party thanks in large part to the funding and...More