A policy life

I don't know why it has taken me so long to see how useful it is to think of aspects of one's life not as personal but as reflections of public policy. I am a faculty member at Indiana University's campus in South Bend, for example. I am forbidden by state law to participate in a labor union in my workplace, the last I heard. When my children learn to drive, they are forbidden to have other minors in the car for 180 days after they receive their license, a time when they should be building their skills without distractions and temptations so close at hand. The two political parties in Indiana have a rich tradition of bending voting district lines to their advantage, strengthening or weakening the influence of voters like me in turns. I have tenure, a form of job protection that makes a good amount of sense for faculty who dare to push boundaries in their research, but most people have no chance at this kind of job protection. In many ways my life is not neutral or private or personal; in many ways I life a policy life, as do we all.

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By Ken Smith, Sunday, December 8, 2013 at 12:03 PM.