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How to Transform Society, The Health Care Example

November 01, 1993

How does one transform society? The present attempt by President Clinton to reform the health-care system illustrates both the short-term opportunities and the long-term challenges.

Group Searches Are Here to Stay

October 18, 1993

Nobody calls it “group searches,” not to mention “the search and seizure of the innocents,” although both terms would capture an important trend in our courts’ interpretations of the Fourth Amendment. In fact, many observers still cite what is held to be the prevailing interpretation of the Fourth Amendment: that no one is subject to search and seizure unless there is “probable cause” that the particular person has committed a crime, is committing one or appears predisposed to commit one (say, carries a bomb).

The Parental Deficit

October 15, 1993

THE TROUBLE with the recent debate about parental responsibility is that both sides (or more) have a point. Conservatives are right that many families have been neglecting their children, that parents must assume more responsibility for their children, and that they should be sent strong signals that this is their duty.

How to Make Marriage Matter

September 06, 1993

"It is easier in these United States to walk away from a marriage than from a commitment to purchase a used car," says Professor Thomas Morgan of the George Washington University School of Law.

Managers in the Moral Dimension: What Etzioni Might Mean to Corporate Managers

August 08, 1993

The significance of the article by Shaw and Zollers is that it advances socio-economics in several major directions.

How About a Bill of Responsibilities?

July 04, 1993

The Founding Fathers did not bother to write down a bill of particulars for our social responsibilities to match the Bill of Rights. In the days of closely knit communities and religiously committed individuals, one’s responsibilities were all too clear, it was rights that needed enshrining. However, as public opinion polls keep reminding us, it seems we have come full circle: Rights are now taken for granted while responsibilities are shirked.

Curb the PACs

June 30, 1993

Special interests are threatened by President Clinton’s attempt to curb the flood of private funds into political campaign chests.

Clinton is Talking Like One, But Is He a Communitarian?

May 13, 1993

President Bill Clinton often speaks in communitarian terms: “If we have no sense of community, the American dream will continue to wither.” Likewise, Vice President Al Gore has echoed a communitarian theme: “While we give supreme value to the rights of the individual, we expect that freedom to be exercised with respect toward others and with decent restraint.” And Hillary Rodham Clinton believes, The Washington Post said, that “People need to serve each other, and serve their communities, distinguish themselves by social activism.” But how good a communitarian is Bill Clinton?

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Virtues in a Democracy

May 07, 1993

If a community recognizes a set of moral values and commitments as compelling, as virtues, these become the foundations of moral discourse in that community.

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A Socio-Economic Perspective on Friction

May 07, 1993

During the deliberations of a faculty seminar on socio-economics at The George Washington University in 1986-7, before the dramatic developments in Eastern Europe, the question of the pace of socio-economic change kept coming up.

Beyond Self-Interest

May 07, 1993

“Beyond Self-Interest,” Policy Analysis and Economics, Developments, Tensions, Prospects, David L. Weimer (Ed.), Recent Economic Thought Series.

We Shall Reap What We Sow

May 02, 1993

“We Shall Reap What We Sow” San Jose Mercury News, (May 2, 1993), p. 1P.

A Moral Voice – Not a Shrill One

May 01, 1993

Recently, an FBI employee was severely reprimanded for using an FBI car to transport a civilian. He had spotted his son, stranded in the family’s broken-down car alongside the highway and had given him a lift to school – seven blocks out of his way.

Family is Basis of Community

April 11, 1993

“What is Communitarianism?” we are frequently asked. We are a social movement aiming at shoring up the moral, social and political environment. Part change of heart, part renewal of social bonds, part reform of public life.

Clinton and the Spirit of Community

March 15, 1993

“If you’re looking for a label for the new administration in Washington - something other than ‘liberal’ or ‘moderate’ - try ‘communitarian.’” a USA Today article suggests. Indeed, President Clinton often speaks in communitarian terms: “if we have no sense of community, the American dream will continue to wither.” Likewise, Vice President Albert Gore Jr. has echoed a communitarian theme: “while we give supreme value to the rights of the individual, we expect that freedom to be exercised with respect toward others and with decent restraint.”