Marc Stier at Large

Reflections on Philosophy and politics in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Beyond

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For City Commissioner: Carol Jenkins and Lisa Deeley

Two candidates for City Commissioner stand far above all the others. Carol Jenkins and Lisa Deeley. City Commissioner is one of those row offices that carries out a really important function that is utterly unknown to most people. The City Commissioners are responsible for making sure that the machinery of our elections—from the books that […]

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Sat, May 16 2015 » Philadelphia, Progressive Politics » No Comments

Jim Kenney, with pleasure.

I’m going to vote for Jim Kenney for Mayor next week. One reason, as I wrote earlier in the week, is to stop the Four Billionaires from electing a Mayor. But there is another reason as well. I think he could be a really good mayor. That he’s even running tells you a lot about […]

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Fri, May 15 2015 » Philadelphia, Progressive Politics » No Comments

Council at Large Choices

Here’s why I’m voting for Sherrie Cohen, Helen Gym, Bill Greenlee, Wilson Goode, and Derek Green for City Council at Large We have, it seems, almost an embarrassment of good candidates for Council at Large this year including both challengers and incumbents. But look closely and a few stand out above the others, not just […]

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Thu, May 14 2015 » Philadelphia, Progressive Politics » No Comments

What Has to Change and What Doesn’t: A First Look at Klein

Introduction I’d been planning to read “This Changes Everything (TCE)” for a few months, both because I want to learn more about the climate change issue and because I want to learn more about Naomi Klein’s take on the world. I’ve doing preliminary work on a project of my own on progressive political and policy […]

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Thu, January 29 2015 » Environment, Philosophy, Political Organizing, Politics, Progressive Politics, Public Policy » No Comments

The Best and Worst in Biblical Religion: An Open Letter to Christine Flowers

Christine, You have asked me to apologize to your friend, who called Islam evil, for calling her ignorant and bigoted. And you have threatened to block me on Facebook if I don’t do so. I have no intention of apologizing and instead I’m going to explain why I think you need to apologize for betraying […]

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Mon, January 19 2015 » International politics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion, Religious fundamentalism » No Comments

PGW, Darrell Clarke, and the Papers

In a city that, despite its recent growth, has a poverty rate of 30.2% and schools that have been devastated by deep budget cuts, our two daily newspapers are now crusading to….sell the gas works. In a city that has suffered from a governor who demanded those education cuts and a mayor who was ineffective […]

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Wed, December 17 2014 » Uncategorized » No Comments

Why Women Don’t Report Rape

Defending Cosby Many people have long loved Bill Cosby, for his abilities as an entertainer, his attractive persona or, in some cases, his penchant for blaming young black people for their difficulties. And many—although fewer each week—of these people have been so deeply troubled by the multiple accusations of sexual violence against Cosby that they […]

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Wed, December 17 2014 » Criminal Justice, Feminism, Love and Sex, Sexual and gender equality » No Comments

Beyond cameras and training — here are 5 more ways to improve police oversight

First published in NewsWorks December 8, 2014 Even if I were not a political scientist who understood both the importance of what police officers do every day and the dangers they face in their job, I would have a very personal reason for appreciating their work. Years ago, police officers put their bodies on the […]

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Mon, December 8 2014 » Criminal Justice » No Comments

Publish Grassroots Advocacy and Health Care Reform in Paper!

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Mon, December 16 2013 » About me, Health Care » No Comments

Civilization and its Contents: Platonic Reflections on Sex and the Culture Wars

A précis of the book I’m hoping to finish in the next nine months or so. I’m going to start linking from this page to posts of of draft chapters soon. Comments always welcome! Civilization and its Contents: Platonic Reflections on Sex and the Culture Wars critiques the conception of human sexuality that underlie both […]

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Sat, December 14 2013 » Love and Sex, Philosophy » No Comments