- Schumpeter on Political Parties (Harper’s Magazine) – A party is a group whose members propose to act in concert in the competitive struggle for political power. If that were not so it would be impossible for different parties to adopt exactly or almost exactly the same programme. Yet this happens as everyone knows. Party and machine politicians are simply the response to the fact that the electoral mass is incapable of action other than a stampede, and they constitute an attempt to regulate political competition exactly similar to the corresponding practices of a trade association. The psychotechnics of party management and party advertising, slogans and marching tunes, are not accessories. They are of the essence of politics. So is the political boss.
- Obama logo ideas that weren’t chosen | Logo Design Love – Logos that weren't.
- The First New Foreign Crisis – Marc Ambinder – The public rhetoric from Team Obama seems to treat history as having ended in early October, which is understandable; the priority right now is on the liquidity crisis, the structure of government and the peopling of the administration and the domestic economy. Most of the administration's major policy voices don't have the luxury of time to game out scenarios. Now — it can fairly be said that Treasury nominee Tim Geithner, himself an assistant secretary for international economic affairs during the Clinton administration, is aware of the precarious state demand in certain critical countries, as is Larry Summers. The question: what's the administration's policy in this area? Which countries can we afford to let fail? Which unstable states would concern us the most? Is there something the U.S. can do, in advance, should do, in advance, to forestall the collapse of other economies?
- Pinup queen Bettie Page dies at 85 – Los Angeles Times –
- TPMCafe | Talking Points Memo | Open Letter to President-Elect Obama – I am writing with a suggestion that might help to remove you and your new administration from the still metastasizing scandal of Governor Blagojevich trying to sell your senate seat. Needless to say, until the news media is satisfied that you and your new administration have no complicity in this matter, they will continue to focus on it. Because of my own personal experience with Watergate, the mother of modern presidential scandals, not to mention being a student of scandals that followed, I speak as someone who learned the hard way by making mistakes and then watched as others made their own similar and unnecessary blunders.
- Year In Ideas 2008 – Interactive Feature – NYTimes.com – Welcome back to the Year in Ideas issue. For the eighth year in a row, we have compiled an alphabetical digest of ideas, from A to Z Start Reading (almost), that helped make the previous 12 months, for better or worse, what they were.
- Training Toolkit – Evaluation – Forms and Questionnaires – These resources are sample evaluation forms and guides to adapt for your own use. Course summary evaluations, focus group questions, and expert observation tools are included. There is a trainer’s competency checklist and trainer attributes competency self-assessment. These forms can encourage trainers to strengthen their training and communication skills and strive for improvement.