Milestones Update, February 8, 2016:

February 8, 2016

Unfit for Democracy is now available in book stores, online and on Kindle.

NEW:

Rescheduled for Friday, February 12, 2016, interview by Susan Arbetter for broadcast at a later date on WCNY’s Capitol Bureau

Added: Thursday, February 25, 2016, at 3:30, talk at the University at Albany, location to be announced

FULL SCHEDULE OF UP-COMING EVENTS:

Thursday, February 11, 2016, at 1 p.m. on WAMC, broadcast on “In Conversation with …” of the interview by Alan Chartock, CEO of WAMC, before a live audience at Albany Law School, on Jan. 26, 2016

Rescheduled for Friday, February 12, 2016, interview by Susan Arbetter for broadcast at a later date on WCNY’s Capitol Bureau

Thursday, February 25, 2016, at 3:30, talk at the University at Albany, location to be announced

Friday and Saturday, March 4-5, 2016 at “The Schmooze,” a meeting at the University of Maryland School of Law, on Constitutionalism and Democracy

Wed., March 23, 2016, at 1:30 p.m. at the Humanities Institute for Lifelong Learning, at the Delmar Reformed Church, 386 Delaware Avenue, Delmar, N.Y. This is listed as members only but may open up later.

March 24, 2016 at 7 p.m., book party at the Book House at Stuyvesant Plaza, open to the public

March 29, 2016, address at the Annual Meeting of the Westchester Chapter of the New York Civil Liberties Union

Tuesday, May 17, at noon, Book Talk, Albany Public Library, open to the public

Tuesday and Wednesday, May 24-25, 2016, at the Demos Convening at the University of Pennsylvania

AUDIO AVAILABLE:

Joe Donahue’s interview of me on the WAMC Roundtable, Jan. 25, 2016 at 11:10 a.m., is currently available as a podcast.

PLEASE get in touch with me if you are interested in arranging an event.

All good wishes,

Steve

 


Milestones update

February 3, 2016

Unfit for Democracy is now available in book stores, online and on Kindle.

COMING UP:

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 interview by Susan Arbetter for broadcast at a later date on WCNY’s Capitol Bureau

Thursday, February 11, 2016, at 1 p.m. on WAMC, broadcast on “In Conversation with …” of the interview by Alan Chartock, CEO of WAMC, before a live audience at Albany Law School, on Jan. 26, 2016

Friday and Saturday, March 4-5, 2016 at “The Schmooze,” a meeting at the University of Maryland School of Law, on Constitutionalism and Democracy

Wed., March 23, 2016, at 1:30 p.m. at the Humanities Institute for Lifelong Learning, at the Delmar Reformed Church, 386 Delaware Avenue, Delmar, N.Y. This is listed as members only but may open up later.

March 24, 2016 at 7 p.m., book party at the Book House at Stuyvesant Plaza, open to the public

March 29, 2016, address at the Annual Meeting of the Westchester Chapter of the New York Civil Liberties Union

Tuesday, May 17, at noon, Book Talk, Albany Public Library, open to the public

Tuesday and Wednesday, May 24-25, 2016, at the Demos Convening at the University of Pennsylvania

AUDIO AVAILABLE:

Joe Donahue’s interview of me on the WAMC Roundtable, Jan. 25, 2016 at 11:10 a.m., is currently available as a podcast.

 

PLEASE get in touch with me if you are interested in arranging an event.

 

All good wishes,

 

Steve


For Whom the Bell Tolls Amid the Refugee Crisis

January 12, 2016

Wars in the Middle East are creating huge flows of refugees. If war creates refugees, we either have to have a way to stop the wars or a policy about refugees. Just saying we will or won’t let people in is a decision, not a policy. One must think past those decisions to the enormous consequences.

Countries can try to exclude refugees leaving them to fend for themselves wherever they are. Countries can also put them in camps, let them in but then leave them to fend for themselves, or help them settle. Surrounding countries can also stop them at borders, keep them in camps, or let or help them settle. The permutations produce very different results.

More than six decades ago, Arab states refused to let the Palestinians settle. Ipso facto they created a permanent Palestinian fighting force. But who would the Palestinians fight? The oppressors keeping them in the camps, or the oppressors who pushed them out of their land? Which story would they buy? Refugee issues can fester. Both Palestinians and Israelis feel their backs to the wall and feel themselves fighting for survival, with lethal results.

Incidentally at the same time, a much larger refugee crisis existed in the Indian subcontinent leading to the separate nations of India and Pakistan out of the British Raj. That land is still troubled, though neither denies the other’s right to exist. In both cases, the mass exoduses left powerful marks on the stability of the regions.

And on the US southern border what happens to the people we exclude and what happens to us because of it? Impoverished masses elsewhere are likely to do the same things that impoverished masses do here – turn to some forms of crime. I doubt, when one takes white collar crime and tax evasion into account, that crime is much more prevalent amongst the poor but it is different – mostly theft, drug dealing or prostitution for survival or quick cash.

Then there’s the effort to deport people who were brought here as small children, an effort some of the prominent Republican candidates have endorsed. Ok, what are those kids going to do when they are back in their countries of origin? Many of them will find themselves jobless because they are strangers in what Americans insist on calling their land. But those young people brought up in the United States will prove valuable to criminal enterprises abroad because they could cross the borders and pass here easily. From an American point of view, those likelihoods of crime and participation in organized crime abroad are dangerous here. Volatile borders do no one any good.

Would it be better to bring them in, settle, employ and educate them and our people too, than to insist that everyone is on their own volatile devices to deal with the cruelties of a world without mercy. And then think about the effect of refugees on the people they leave behind. Think about the letters home, and the money home. Who is the so-called Great Satan when family write back with ordinary family developments – marriages, jobs, babies – and send money.

Creating a population tsunami and then pushing people back into swirling lifeboats has consequences for all of us. “No man is an island,” wrote John Donne, “entire of itself….. And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee.”

— This commentary was broadcast on WAMC Northeast Report, January 12, 2016.


Milestones update – 1/5/16

January 5, 2016

January 5, 2016

NYU Press tells me that Unfit for Democracy will be available in book stores on January 8.

I will be talking about the book and the issues it raises:

  • with Joe Donahue on the WAMC Roundtable, Jan. 25, 2016 at about 11:10 as a preview to the program at Albany Law on the following day, 90.3 FM
  • with Alan Chartock, CEO of WAMC, at Albany Law, on Jan. 26, 2016 at 1 p.m., for airing later, open to the public;
  • at the Humanities Institute for Lifelong Learning, on Wed., March 23, 2016 in Delmar, NY, at 1:30 p.m. This is listed as members only but they may open it up later – I’ll keep you posted;
  • at the Book House at Stuyvesant Plaza on March 24, 2016 at 7 p.m., open to the public;

and I will be taking part in related discussions at:

  • the Schmooze at the University of Maryland School of Law on March 4-5;
  • the Demos Convening on May 24-25 at the University of Pennsylvania.

Please get in touch with me if you are interested in arranging an event.

Meanwhile, a very Happy New Year and all good wishes,

Steve


Milestones

December 10, 2015

NYU Press tells me that Unfit for Democracy will be available in book stores some time in the first week of January.

The finished copy looks excellent to the author!

I will be talking about the book and the issues it raises:

  • with Alan Chartock, CEO of WAMC, at Albany Law, on Jan. 26, 2016 at 1 p.m., for airing later, open to the public;
  • at the Humanities Institute for Lifelong Learning, on Wed., March 23, 2016 in Delmar, NY, at 1:30 p.m. This is listed as members only but they may open it up later – I’ll keep you posted;
  • at the Book House at Stuyvesant Plaza on March 24, 2016 at 7 p.m., open to the public;

and I will be taking part in related discussions at:

  • the Schmooze at the University of Maryland School of Law on March 4-5;
  • the Demos Convening on May 24-25 at the University of Pennsylvania.

Please get in touch with me if you are interested in arranging an event.

Meanwhile, Happy Holidays and all good wishes,

Steve


Immigration of Syrian refugees

November 17, 2015

Juan Cole has a post on immigration of the Syrian refugees which challenges the “facts” that the objections are based on. It’s well worth reading – http://www.juancole.com/2015/11/reasons-governors-refugees.html


Another milepost

October 19, 2015

It was in the wee hours Saturday morning but I turned in the index and the page proofs to NYU Press.

Hallelujah!!!!!   !

I wanted a thorough index for the book, but in the end, it was too ambitious and I had to cut some.

There must be lots to do now but can’t remember what – the book and the index have so completely occupied my mind.

Jeanette has been a saint.


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