Ward Elliott, RIP

Dear CMC Community, It is with deep sadness that we write to let you know of the passing of renowned scholar and beloved CMC professor Ward Elliott earlier today. On behalf of our community, we would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to his wife Myrna and their...

Chinese Protests: Tiananmen and Zero-COVID

Terril Jones in Politico: As in 1989, the latest round of protests is not likely to bring down the Party or its leadership. The machinery to control dissent is too strong and too omnipresent. There will be no defiant occupation of Tiananmen Square, and no need to send...

Electronic Civil Society in China

Nathan Gardels at Noema: The old hierarchical system, in which the custodians of perception could impose an authoritative narrative, is doomed by the democratization of information. Just as, historically, the bourgeoisie created the space for civil society vis-à-vis...

Earmarks Live

Yesterday, the House GOP Conference rejected an earmark ban. At The Hill, Zachary Courser and Michael Thorning suggest that the Republicans made the right call:   Directed spending is not deficit spending. Directed spending falls within the topline spending...

Retribution in the House

Don Wolfensberger at The Hill: Yes, McCarthy as Speaker can later engineer House votes on resolutions removing anyone he wants from any standing committee, as the Democrats did twice in 2021. It is clear what is at play here is a belief that “revenge is sweet” and...

Counties for American Civic Renewal

Adam Seagrave at NR: {The] he most basic and decisive reason we can’t look to the national and state governments for American civic renewal is that the American experiment was always, from the beginning, an experiment in self-government. The “self” in self-government...

Ukraine and the Limits of Diplomacy

Raphael S. Cohen and Gian Gentile at RAND: At this particular moment, diplomacy cannot end the war in Ukraine, simply because Russian and Ukrainian interests do not yet overlap. The Ukrainians, understandably, want their country back. They want reparations for the...

Public Service Motivation

Donald Moynihan at Vox: The best recruitment tool government has going for it is that it allows people to make a difference, whether it’s helping kids grow, performing groundbreaking science, or protecting their fellow citizens. Research shows that people with...