The Ethics of Governing

PhD candidate Anthony Orlando discusses the “Ethics of Democracy” in the latest episode of Our American Discourse.

Democracy is a dialogue. It requires our leaders to ask, to listen, and to react. Good governance thus hinges on conversation and consent—and whether we like it or not, conflict. Planners and policymakers have to balance competing needs, never more so than in today’s polarized environment. How do they do the right thing? Does such a thing even exist? Citizenship demands that we engage with these uncomfortable questions, especially in this troubled era.

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LA Freewaves’ Anne Bray on Media as an Exchange of Consciousness

Our guest on this episode of LA Hashtags Itself is media artist Anne Bray. Bray is executive director of Freewaves, the LA-based nonprofit arts organization that advocates for and exhibits new, uncensored, independent media. She tells us about her thirty-plus years using media art to initiate difficult and essential dialogue around pressing social issues. Civic engagement – connection – is essential to strong governance. Art & technology can confront, educate, and connect us. Is art essential to good governance? With impactful engagement in communities around policy issues, art can bring us to a more socially just world.

The New Jim Crow

The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander is one of the most important American books in the last decade. Alexander systematically explores the policy changes from the days of Nixon through the present – exploring how each decision has created and allowed a system which criminalizes blackness, brownness, otherness in way that both creates new racial biases and confirms them by incarcerating millions of young black and brown men (and to a lesser extent, black and brown women).