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Author Archives: Steven I. Platt

Graduation speeches to live by (access required)

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In the spirit of the season for soaring rhetoric and sometimes-pious or even self-serving bland admonitions provided free of charge (I hope) at high school and college graduation ceremonies, I offer two commencement addresses I consider among “the best and ...

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Lessons from mediation for the world of politics (access required)

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Professional polls across the country and the world reflect a lot more agreement among the populace with the outlines of President Donald Trump’s proposed policies than his detractors would like to believe. They also reflect a lot more anxiety about ...

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Bring back Simpson and Bowles

The election is over. The result, which is “divided government,” is clear. But the “fiscal cliff” remains, and the projected drop to the bottom of the economic and political black hole beneath it looks more and more ominous. That is ...

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