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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.”

The Limits of Reconstruction

March 15, 1993

“The Limits of Reconstruction,” National Review, March 15, 1993, pp. 56-57. (The Loss of Virtue: Moral Confusion and Social Disorder in Britain and America, edited by Digby Anderson.)

Deficit Reductions in a Populist Age: How to Sell Shared Sacrifice

March 01, 1993

Once upon a time, in the far away age of 1991, the President and Congress could cut a deal, and the public would grumblingly acquiesce. Political observers commiserated about voter apathy. Now that the Larry Kings of radio, the call-us-800-numbers, and populists Clinton and Perot have re-engaged the public, our political leaders must learn to dance with an eight hundred pound gorilla. It has already pushed Zoe Baird off the dance floor; it has had a major say about whether or not gays are going to be allowed to participate; and it is now wondering if it should fall in step with the Administration's ideas about deficit reduction.

The U.S. Sentencing Commission on Corporate Crime: A Critique

January 07, 1993

The author argues that when commissions do include in their analyses major social and political forces that will affect the implications of their recommendations, their work is incomplete. 

The Limits to Worker Privacy

December 20, 1992

You work in a corporate division that processes medical reimbursements. You note that John is going through a new bout of alcoholism. He drives an 18-wheeler for your company. Do you tell the boss?

Do Fence Me In

December 01, 1992

The applications of 35 neighborhoods for permission to erect gates at public streets running through their communities are currently pending in the Los Angeles City Council. Many of these applications predate the riots; they were submitted in response to a sharp increase in crime.

Clinton’s first job: Lobbyists

November 13, 1992

If you want a premonition of what the Clinton administration is going to be like, watch how he deals with the first interest group that accosts him. You will not have to wait long. Representatives of interest groups are already lining up, six lobbyists deep, in the corridors of Congress, to ensure that no Clinton (or any other) initiative will be passed without their exacting a few pounds of flesh.