Resources for Soundings

Title Available As Summary Date ID Author
A Tale of Democratic Political Frailty, Fractiousness and Human Dignity Jan 3, 2017 Soundings
Note from Max Stephenson Nov 4, 2019 Soundings
A Presidency of Lies, Fearmongering and Human Degradation Jan 7, 2019 Soundings
Revisiting a Central Puzzle of Democracy and of Current U.S. Politics Jan 8, 2018 Soundings
Reflections on Human Empathy and Empathetic Leadership Apr 8, 2019 Soundings
“Borderline Insanity,” Modernity and Democratic Possibility Jan 14, 2019 Soundings
Bullying, Derision and Democracy Make Poor Bedfellows Jan 17, 2017 Soundings
On Human Darkness and Democratic Possibility Jan 22, 2018 Soundings
The Perils of False Binaries and Magical Thinking Jan 28, 2019 Soundings
On the Misuse of Rhetoric and its Consequences for Democracy Jan 30, 2017 Soundings
“Scraping off the Essence of Things” Feb 5, 2018 Soundings
Facets of a Diamond Feb 11, 2019 Soundings
Lies, Legitimacy and Democratic Truths Feb 13, 2017 Soundings
On ‘Changemakers,’ Education and Democratic Self-Governance Feb 18, 2019 Soundings
Of Freedom and Dark, Cruel Lies Feb 25, 2019 Soundings
“Democratic Deconsolidation,” Freedom of the Press and the Primacy of Politics Feb 27, 2017 Soundings
Mobilizing Rhetoric as Emblem of Enervating Democratic Capacity Mar 5, 2018 Soundings
Pondering a Once Shared Covenant, Preaching Limitless Individualism Mar 12, 2017 Soundings
Of Democratic Greatness and Infamy Mar 19, 2018 Soundings
Note from Max Stephenson about Soundings Mar 25, 2019 Soundings
The White House as Puzzle Palace of Demagoguery and Lies Mar 27, 2017 Soundings
Revisiting the Foundations of Democratic Self-Governance Apr 8, 2018 Soundings
Of Ignorance, Expertise, Demagoguery and Democracy Apr 10, 2017 Soundings
On Three ways of Looking at a Political Phenomenon Apr 11, 2016 Soundings
“Seeking What No Other Man has Found or can Find” Apr 22, 2018 Soundings
The Danger of Allowing the ‘Boughs to turn Brown’ Apr 22, 2019 Soundings
The Wayfaring Stranger Apr 24, 2017 Soundings
On Frame Ambiguity and Democratic Politics Apr 25, 2016 Soundings
In Memoriam: Wolfgang Natter, May 22, 1955-April 29, 2018 May 2, 2018 Soundings
A Reasoned Politics of Mosaic Possibility May 6, 2019 Soundings
Heedless Policy Cruelty May 8, 2017 Soundings
Democratic Mobilization, Deliberation and Civic Health May 9, 2016 Soundings
One Nation or a Country of Clans? May 20, 2019 Soundings
Human Rationalization, Alterity and the Challenge of Moral Courage May 21, 2017 Soundings
Note from Max Stephenson May 21, 2018 Soundings
Homo Faber: The Triumph and Perils of Narcissistic Politics May 22, 2016 Soundings
Constitutional Self-Governance is Not Simply a Partisan Matter May 23, 2019 Soundings
Pondering Kintsugi and Community Change in Appalachia Jun 4, 2018 Soundings
The Danger Within Jun 5, 2016 Soundings
Privatism and Relentless Attacks on Democratic Values and Human Rights Jun 5, 2017 Soundings
Note from Max Stephenson Jun 17, 2019 Soundings
Moral Ambiguity, Moral Courage and Democratic Politics Jun 19, 2016 Soundings
A Remediable Choice or Continued Democratic Decline? Jun 19, 2017 Soundings
Soundings July 2: An “Infestation” of Lies [1] Jul 2, 2018 Soundings
The Struggle to Control America’s Identity Jul 5, 2017 Soundings
The Human Cost of a Politics of Lies Jul 15, 2019 Soundings
Note from Max Stephenson about Soundings. Jul 16, 2018 Soundings
A Terrible Inevitability? Jul 18, 2016 Soundings
Trump’s Dangerous Game Jul 29, 2019 Soundings
A Clear and Present Danger Jul 30, 2017 Soundings
Prophetic Imagination and the Current American Governance Crisis Jul 30, 2018 Soundings
Eroding Human Rights and the Nation’s Collective Moral Imagination Aug 12, 2019 Soundings
Rationalizing Trump: A Strained and Strange Mixture of Fantasy and Fear Aug 13, 2018 Soundings
Fear and Bigotry: Democracy’s Achilles Heel? Aug 14, 2016 Soundings
“Voices from the Appalachian Coalfields” Aug 14, 2017 Soundings
When a President Embraces, and Celebrates Hate Aug 18, 2017 Soundings
Trump’s Siren Song of Hate Aug 26, 2019 Soundings
Freedom for all: Principle on a Precipice Aug 27, 2017 Soundings
A Calculated Attack on Human Rights and Dignity Aug 27, 2018 Soundings
Reaping a Whirlwind: Delegitimating Self-Governance Aug 29, 2016 Soundings
Liberalism and the Challenge of Socially Sanctioned Cruelty Sep 9, 2019 Soundings
Rationalizing Away the Imperative of Deliberative Self-Governance Sep 10, 2017 Soundings
A Mass-Delusion Event Sep 10, 2018 Soundings
Pondering Power and Injustice in Democratic Politics Sep 12, 2016 Soundings
Musings on “Curating Consciousness” Sep 23, 2012 Soundings
Pseudotransformational Leadership in Action Sep 23, 2019 Soundings
Attacking Human Rights and Accountability Sep 24, 2018 Soundings
A Toxic Brew of Media Polarization, Extremism and Untruthful Advocacy Sep 24, 2017 Soundings
“Post-Truth” Politics, Trump and Coal Country Sep 26, 2016 Soundings
Arts and the Civil Rights Movement: Life Force of a Fight for Justice Sep 29, 2013 Soundings
Evangelicals, Demographic and Economic Change and Injustice Oct 7, 2019 Soundings
Chilling Lessons from the Vietnam War Resonate Today Oct 8, 2017 Soundings
Aboard a ‘Ship of Fools’ Awash with Hate Oct 8, 2018 Soundings
In Search of Democratic Deliberation Oct 10, 2016 Soundings
Noise, Quiet and Democratic Deliberation Oct 21, 2019 Soundings
Reflections on Capacity Building and Community Change Oct 22, 2017 Soundings
The Power of Language in Human Society Oct 22, 2018 Soundings
A Demagogue Attacks American Governance Oct 23, 2016 Soundings
Only Our Nation’s Citizens Can Address its Deepening Governance Crisis Nov 5, 2018 Soundings
On Human Cruelty and Alterity Nov 6, 2017 Soundings
Electoral Carnage, American Style Nov 7, 2016 Soundings
Leonard Cohen: A Villanelle for our Time Nov 14, 2016 Soundings
A Nest of Paradoxes Nov 16, 2016 Soundings
Decolonizing Social Imagination Nov 18, 2019 Soundings
Reflections on Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address at Thanksgiving Nov 19, 2017 Soundings
Note from Max Stephenson about Soundings Nov 19, 2018 Soundings
Recalling the Lessons of the Voyage of the MS St. Louis Dec 3, 2018 Soundings
Fear and the Moral Imagination: The Oil and Water of Democratic Self-Governance Dec 4, 2017 Soundings
Defining Democratic Legitimacy Down Dec 5, 2016 Soundings