If Mayors Ruled The World

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Benjamin Barber, senior research scholar at the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society at the CUNY Graduate Center, talks about how cities are responding to global issues. 

Event: "If Mayors Ruled the World: On the role cities can play in global governance" Benjamin Barber in conversation with Frances Fox Piven this afternoon at 4 at the CUNY Graduate Center.   


Benjamin Barber

Comments [11]


jgarbuz - yes - but the countryside would starve without the city... in terms of subsidy... and in terms of persons to sell their agricultural output... and increasingly tourism as well.

Jan. 29 2013 12:32 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

The issue of gun rights is a perfect example of cities versus the countryside. Yes, cities are the producers of wealth, but they would starve without the countryside.

Jan. 29 2013 11:25 AM
Susan Burger from Upper West Side

I disagree that corruption is more profound at the national compare to the local level in Africa. I saw a LOT of corruption at the local levelin the northeast region of what was then Zaire. Extreme and open corruption. On the other hand, there were pockets where there were fabulous mayors that had a really positive impact. Having visited many small pueblos surrounding Cusco, Peru - I also saw that Mayors could either have a profoundly positive impact or, conversely a profoundly negative impact at the local level. It was a mixed bag there too. How deeply were the local level politics really evaluated?s

Jan. 29 2013 11:23 AM
Barbie from Sag Harbor

Why does the idea of the NYPD in Singapore make me queasy? Who pays for that expensive airfare? Something inherently undemocratic in a republic about a city (state) operating on its own.

Jan. 29 2013 11:23 AM
David from NYC

Bloomberg will never run for president.

Because then he would have to work with other people and
just couldn't be the King

Jan. 29 2013 11:21 AM

It's too bad that "Bermuda" Mike didn't read up on what John Lindsay learned about snow removal; didn't learn about how to prevent corrupt computer contracting from Ed Koch; and didn't appreciate how crippled the City became after the financial legerdemain of Abraham Beame.

Jan. 29 2013 11:20 AM

Jim Crow laws ended because people stepped the federal gvt. The feds stepped in when they saw it was the political thing to do.

Jan. 29 2013 11:16 AM

Mayor Bloomberg probably put you up to this as his last term ends and he is looking for the Presidency.

Jan. 29 2013 11:15 AM
David from Fredericksburg, VA

This sure isn't the story in Piscataway, NJ. The middlesex county democratic party says jump & the Piscatawy government says, how high?

That's why I was so happy when I escaped to Lebanon Township. Now in Virginia, I also out from under the disgusting nonsense that goes on in the state government as well.

Jan. 29 2013 11:15 AM

Cities are inherently more liberal than the countryside, that's why the Republicans are currently floating a plan to redistrict their votes away.

So maybe part of the reason mayors can get things done, is that the city population is naturally closer ideologically than other voting blocs.

Jan. 29 2013 11:13 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

This is nothing new. By definition, the rise of "civilization" meant the rise of cities in human history. The rise of towns and cities was made possible by agricultural surpluses. It meant the rise of temples and priestly systems, and kings and their courts, and hence the need for construction workers, and all the rest. Great cities came before the concept of states and empires.

Jan. 29 2013 11:06 AM

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