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If You Really Love Volunteers, Mr. Obama . . .

Government's Conflicted Approach to Volunteerism

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Everyone agrees that a healthy America needs citizens who play a direct role in helping in their communities. However, when we look closely at what it takes to promote citizen involvement, we discover that politicians are straddling a divide.

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The "Watchful Eye" Fallacy

JUNE 02, 2009 by JAMES L. PAYNE

No matter how many codes and decrees fill the law libraries, lawmakers seem to believe that just a few hundred thousand more pages of regulation will set the country right.

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September 2014

For centuries, hierarchical models dominated human organizations. Kings, warlords, and emperors could rally groups--but also oppress them. Non-hierarchical forms of organization, though, are increasingly defining our lives. It's no secret how this shift has benefited out social lives, including dating, and it's becoming more commonplace even in the corporate world. But it has also now come even to organizations bent on domination rather than human flourishing, as the Islamic State shows. If even destructive groups rely on this form of entrepreneurial organization, then hierarchy's time could truly be coming to an end.
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