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What the Listening Canvass of Southeastern Pennsylvania Taught us about Knocking on the Doors of Strangers

October 15, 2018


I feel tenderness and empathy towards folks who speak candidly about their fear of encountering strangers if they were to knock on doors to ask voters to support a given candidate or party. Allow me, however, to say how positive my experience has been, particularly starting in late winter of 2017 when Melissa Visintin, a […]

The Broken Contract by George Packer

January 13, 2016


This essay ran in Foreign Affairs in November/December 2011. At that time, I was recovering, but still shell-shocked by writing a dissertation, having a baby, (teaching full-time through all of that) and never taking a breather. Autumn of 2011, I was teaching two early morning sections of Introduction to Sociology at Drexel University – with […]

Explaining Inequality: self-hatred of the poor, stagnation and what became of Occupy? Whence from here?

September 3, 2015


I started my day today by encountering Marc Stier’s Facebook post asking why there has not been a populist rebellion (well, Marc, the Occupy movement was something of an uprising and was summarily squashed) while real income has been stagnant for decades. (The point of Mr. Stier’s post was that technological advancement may mask the […]