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And right now, America is a breeding ground for tyranny. Illustration by Zohar Lazar As this dystopian election campaign has unfolded, my mind keeps being tugged by a passage in Plato’s Republic. It has unsettled — even surprised — me from the moment I first read it in graduate school. The passage is from the part of the dialogue where Socrates and his friends are talking about the nature of different political systems, how they change over time, and how one can slowly evolve into another. And Socrates seemed pretty clear on one sobering point: that “tyranny is probably established out of no other regime than democracy.” This rainbow-flag polity, Plato argues, is, for many people, the fairest of regimes. The very rich come under attack, as inequality becomes increasingly intolerable. And it is when a democracy has ripened as fully as this, Plato argues, that a would-be tyrant will often seize his moment. Perhaps. Plato, of course, was not clairvoyant. So much of this was welcome.

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Mexico Should Not Pay for It, and Probably Won’t Amid American cheers and a gratuitous swipe at our neighbor to the south, President Trump forged ahead this first dizzying week of his administration with the groundwork for his signature campaign promise: The Wall. The president continues to insist that he will not only build the wall along the southern border, the very notion of which makes Mexicans seethe, but force Mexico to pay for it. The contretemps induced President Enrique Peña Nieto to cancel a planned trip to Washington for talks with his new American counterpart about trade, immigration, and border security. On the upside, though, it was grist for a great Jonah Goldberg column on national honor and the wages of besmirching it. I’ve been a skeptic about the wall from the start: I do not believe it is plausible as promised, for reasons not just for financial (it would require cooperation from Congress) but topographical. In his Encounter Broadside, The Case Against Trump, our Kevin D.

The Maryland People's Law Library Are there different types of mediation? Yes, the four most common types of mediation practiced in Maryland are called “analytical”, “facilitative”, “inclusive” and “transformative”. The mediator is neutral (s/he does not take sides in the disagreement).The process is confidential.You and the other side determine the outcomes. We Are the Last Defense Against Trump In the second half of the 20th century, the main threat to democracy came from the men in uniform. Fledgling democracies such as Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Thailand, and Turkey were set back by dozens of military coups. For emerging democracies hoping to ward off such military interventions into domestic politics, Western European and American institutions, which vested all political authority in the hands of elected civilian governments, were offered as the model to follow. They were the best way to ensure that democracy, as Juan Linz and Alfred Stepan famously put it, became “the only game in town.” Far from most thinkers’ minds was whether Western institutions might be inviting a different threat to democracy — personal rule, in which civilian state institutions such as the bureaucracy and courts come under the direct control of the executive, and the lines between the state’s interests and those of the ruler begin to blur.

Transformative Mediation – What's On the Table? Active listening is a person’s willingness and ability to hear and understand. Many of us intuitively know what active listening looks, sounds, and feels like. However, we may not know what to do to be successful at it. By learning the skills and behaviours of active listening, leaders can become more effective listeners and, over time, improve their ability to lead. Active listening does not necessarily mean long sessions spent listening to grievances, personal or otherwise. bloomberg On a recent morning in Baton Rouge, a thousand miles from where Senate Democrats were jousting with Donald Trump’s nominee to run the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency about whether humans are warming the planet, the future of U.S. climate policy was being crafted in a small room in the east wing of the Louisiana Capitol. The state’s 7,700-mile shoreline is disappearing at the fastest rate in the country. Officials had gathered to consider a method of deciding which communities to save—and which to abandon to the Gulf of Mexico. Bren Haase, chief of planning for the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA), was presenting his team’s updated Coastal Master Plan. Five years in the making and comprising 6,000 pages of text and appendices, the document details $50 billion in investments over five decades in ridges, barrier islands, and marsh creation.

Mediation Opening Statement Mediator's statement to begin mediation session: The objective of mediation is to provide an environment where each of you can clarify your goals, preferences, options, and resources. Under the transformative model, “mediation is defined as a process in which a third party works with parties in conflict to help them change the quality of their conflict interaction from negative and destructive to positive and constructive, as they explore and discuss issues and possibilities for resolution” (Bush and Folger, 2005) In mediation, you can voluntarily make fully-informed decisions. You may also be interested in better understanding each others perspectives and give additional consideration to each others goals, preferences, options and resources. A formal agreement is one possible outcome of mediation but others are possible such as new insights, greater clarity about choices or options. We might develop a positive shift or more empathetic understanding of each other’s views and situations.

U.S. Downgraded from a 'Full' to 'Flawed Democracy': Report While U.S. citizens could once claim to be part of the 9% of people in the world governed by a "full democracy," they are now part of the near 45% who live in a "flawed democracy." That's according to the Economist Intelligence Unit, which downgraded the U.S. in their 2016 Democracy Index published Wednesday. The move puts the U.S. in the same category as Poland, Mongolia, and Italy.

Transformative Mediation – Communicating Across Differences Transformative mediation Anderson, J. F., & Bingham, L. (1997, October). Upstream effects from mediation of workplace disputes: Some preliminary evidence from the USPS. Peter's Choice Mike McQuade This past October, I taught a weeklong seminar on the history of conservatism to honors students from around the state of Oklahoma. In five long days, my nine very engaged students and I got to know each other fairly well. Six were African American women.