Archive for February, 2012

The US rural urban divide

Rural development programs do little to subsidize the family farm, and those which are able to survive now receive the majority of their income from non-farm sources.[1]  The struggling middle farms are likely to transition into larger farms, into farms […]

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Global Agriculture Policy (GAP): Problems and Proposals

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Classical Elite Theory

Elite theory first identifies its subjects by class.  A broader, more cohesive understanding of elites as a group characterizes them by skill, values, personality and attitude as well.            

Agriculture policy creation in the United States

Agriculture in theUnited Statesbegan to demand a voice in government by 1820.  The plea for representation by rural citizens and agricultural constituents was met with the creation of

BERLIN, GERMANY - MARCH 26: Anti-nuclear activists march to demand Germany disband nuclear energy.

Trust in atomic energy is decreasing due to disasters

Radiation leaks from the stricken Fukushima Dai-Ichi power station following Japan’s record March 11 earthquake have prompted global leaders to review nuclear development policies.  French President Nikolas Sarkozy

WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 05: (L-R) Executive Editor at Time Nancy Gibbs, Founder and Chair of College Track Laurene Powell Jobs, Founder and CEO of Teach for America Wendy Kopp and Chancellor of the Public Schools in the District of Columbia Michelle Rhee attend the Fortune Most Powerful Women summit at Mandarin Oriental Hotel on October 5, 2010 in Washington, DC.

Education reform in US schools drives success in the global economy

Education reform will be, and should be, the next great challenge in American politics.  Despite the Nobel Prizerecently awarded to an American chemist, US students lag terribly compared

Developments in global health begin in the US

While First Lady Obama’s healthy eating program focuses on obesity, health and nutrition in our nation’s children, youth populations abroad are dying of starvation.  It is unfortunate that

International perspective on the US death penalty

The French newspaper Le Monde, among other foreign journals looks closely at the penal system of the United States.  Le Monde reported that Cal Coburn Brown was executed

The battle over gays in the military

In a landmark ruling a federal district court judge ordered the US military to stop enforcing the “don’t ask don’t tell” policy on American service men and women. 

Earmark eradication

Since the 112th Congress began to meet this year, with its new Republican majority in the House, representatives from both parties have agreed to end the use of

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