The Communitarian Observer
October 2022


I am ending my public life as my body demands that I stop. I also feel that I did my best (I am not saying that I did well, but more or less the best I could).
It is time for others to raise the liberal communitarian perspective. (More about this below, it is more relevant than anytime in my memory).
A personal account of the trials that await an activist profossor. Of possible interest for those who seek to become activists, study activists, or are interested in the ways ideas make it into public discourse or - fail to gain traction. Read it here:
I still cannot improve on what Kevin Hudson did in The Making of  Peacenik.

Watch here:

May peace and good health and community be with you. 

Of Interest

Religion-related violence is the fastest spreading type of violence worldwide. Attacks on religious minorities follow a clear pattern and are preceded with early warning signs. Until now, such violence had no name, let alone a set of policies designed to identify and prevent it. A unique attempt to create a new moral and legal category alongside other forms of persecution and mass murder, Religicide explores the roots of atrocities such as the Armenian Genocide, the Holocaust, the Bosnian war, and other human rights catastrophes.
The Democracy Group
The Democracy Group recently started accepting applications for a podcast fellowship for Gen Z leaders, high school and college students to create podcasts about democracy.

Applications are due October 21 and can be found at 

Email Brandon at for more information.
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Five noted academics have started conversations that might be of interest:
  • Samuel Goldman, Executive Director of the John L. Loeb, Jr. Institute for Religious Freedom, Director of the Politics & Values Program, and Associate Professor of Political Science at the George Washington University: Is Hate Speech Free Speech?
  • Stephen Trachtenberg, President Emeritus and University Professor of Public Service at the George Washington University: Future of Universities
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