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Amor Mundi 12/13/15

In this week's Amor Mundi, we reflect on how Title IX is being interpreted on college campuses, explore the ethics of cryptography, and much more! Posted on 13 December 2015 | 9:00 pm

The Progeny of Teachers

San Jose State University is experimenting with a program where students pay a reduced fee for online courses run by the private firm Udacity. Teachers and their unions are in retreat across the nation. And groups like Uncollege insist that schools and universities are unnecessary. At a time when teachers are everywhere on the defensive,…Read more The Progeny of Teachers Posted on 16 January 2013 | 10:24 am

Campaign Finance Laws and the First Amendment

The Arendt Center recently hosted Professor Zephyr Teachout to speak about Citizens United v. FEC and campaign finance reform. The talk was in honor of Constitution Day, which Professor Teachout joyfully informed us may very well be unconstitutional. We carried on. Teachout began her talk by announcing that the “First Amendment is a terrible thing.”…Read more Campaign Finance Laws and the First Amendment Posted on 19 October 2012 | 10:54 am

The New Class War: Public vs. Private

Occupy Wall Street focused attention on one conception of class conflict-the super wealthy against the 99%.  As successful as OWS was in spreading its message, almost no legislative agenda emerged. The Tea Party focused its attention on the tax burdens faced by the middle classes and the upper middle classes.  The villain for the Tea…Read more The New Class War: Public vs. Private Posted on 7 June 2012 | 11:40 am

Saving Pensions: “Technocrats, Not Grandstanding Idealists”

Public pensions are a mess. Ok, where is the hope? Yesterday Gillian Tett offered a rare glimmer of good news in a story about Rhode Island treasurer Gina Raimondo. But the good news comes with a bitter aftertaste. Rhode Island is a small state, but it had one of the worst public pension deficits in…Read more Saving Pensions: “Technocrats, Not Grandstanding Idealists” Posted on 5 April 2012 | 12:11 pm

Pension Ponzis: Questions About the Public Interest

The public pension crisis is eroding the American social contract. While many are up in arms against Governor Scott Walker’s heavy-handed attack on public unions, the fact is that Democratic governors in NY and California are also struggling with the inevitable need to reduce public pensions. Governor Jerry Brown in California admitted recently that public…Read more Pension Ponzis: Questions About the Public Interest Posted on 20 March 2012 | 11:29 am

A Brief History of Campaign Finance

The NY Times penned one of those editorials Wednesday that makes one wonder who is home. The Times takes President Obama to task for forming a Super PAC–or for having someone form a Super PAC for him, because we know there is no coordination between the Super PAC and the Super PAC’s beneficiary.  As cynical as…Read more A Brief History of Campaign Finance Posted on 9 February 2012 | 12:01 pm

Leadership: Brown vs.Cuomo

The governors of two of our largest states gave “State of the State” messages this week. Both were controversial. Governor Andrew Cuomo in New York took on the teacher’s union and demanded that teachers be subjected to measures of accountability. Governor Jerry Brown in California dared California to dream big and challenged the state to…Read more Leadership: Brown vs.Cuomo Posted on 19 January 2012 | 11:50 am