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September 12th, 2014
thesmithian

'America’s racial underclass, the off-the-grid hustlers and entrepreneurs who many Black elites ignore or demonize, rarely sees political leaders of any color advocating for them…'

The divide, while generational on the surface, is also fueled by class, as young people with education, networks and access tend to view politics as a long-term process – one that comes with victories, but also compromise and setbacks. Millions of young Blacks have no entrée to the nuances of American democracy and racial struggle. Their world is more painfully straightforward and wrenching—Black folks get shot in the streets with no hope of justice.

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January 23rd, 2014
thesmithian
…it is a journalistic universe from hell, a genuine nightmare; and yet, for a reader, it’s also an experimental world, something thrillingly, unexpectedly new under the sun. For that reader, a strangely democratic and egalitarian Era of the Word has emerged. It’s chaotic; it’s too much; and make no mistake, it’s also an unstable brew likely to morph into god knows what. Still, perhaps someday, amid its inanities and horrors, it will also be remembered, at least for a brief historical moment, as a golden age of the reader, a time when all the words you could ever have needed were freely offered up for you to curate as you wish. Don’t dismiss it. Don’t forget it.
January 11th, 2014
thesmithian

…argues that global problems can best be addressed by a targeted increase in deliberative democracy and citizen action.

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November 7th, 2013
thesmithian

'…the United States is far from the only hypocrite in international politics. But the United States’ hypocrisy matters more than that of other countries.'

That’s because most of the world today lives within an order that the United States built, one that is both underwritten by U.S. power and legitimated by liberal ideas. American commitments to the rule of law, democracy, and free trade are embedded in the multilateral institutions that the country helped establish after World War II, including the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the United Nations, and later the World Trade Organization. Despite recent challenges to U.S. preeminence, from the Iraq war to the financial crisis, the international order remains an American one. This system needs the lubricating oil of hypocrisy to keep its gears turning.

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September 28th, 2013
thesmithian
When you look at the greatest democracy…the largest economy in the world and we’re putting our people through this—that’s not leadership. That’s abdication of responsibilities…This is an astoundingly irresponsible way to govern…It is really dangerously shortsighted and irresponsible, because what this will lead to in the United States of America, if this continues, is we will have a country that’s ungovernable.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to reporters on his plane (en route to South Korea).
September 4th, 2013
thesmithian
…as Congress reconvenes and battles resume, be clear about what’s at stake. The only way back to a buoyant economy is through a productive system whose gains are more widely shared. The only way back to a responsive democracy is through a political system whose monied interests are more effectively constrained.
August 31st, 2013
thesmithian

'We are in Liberia, the West’s poster child for postwar democracy building. Our president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, is a Nobel laureate who is celebrated by…Bill Gates, Warren E. Buffett and Bono and has positioned herself as a champion of a free press. Having spent the past week in jail and now under armed guard in a hospital since I contracted malaria, I’m not feeling particularly championed.'

Rodney Sieh, publisher and editor in chief of FrontPage Africa.

August 5th, 2013
thesmithian

"We can’t allow this sense of disappointment in democracy to grow. This is terrifying. Rest assured the first beneficiary of the weakening currents of political Islam are violent terror groups." —Yemeni Nobel Peace laureate Tawakul Karman

August 4th, 2013
thesmithian

According to its website, “Stop Hillary PAC was created for one reason only—to ensure Hillary Clinton never becomes President of the United States.” The language is explicit, as is the message: join to stop an individual from holding public office, and be sure to donate generously…Regardless of political leanings, one cannot help but consider the implications of such an organization on the democratic process. To be clear, Clinton has issued no formal announcement of candidacy. Yet this particular organization has taken upon itself enormous initiative to prevent even her potential candidacy. The dangers of groups like these seem to unfold progressively.

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August 2nd, 2013
thesmithian

When Winnie Madikizela-Mandela stepped out in late June onto the porch of the home here she once shared with Nelson Mandela…it was like a fiery echo of the past. “If we sometimes sound bitter,” she said, referring to the Mandela family’s reaction to the crowd of foreign media that had been awaiting Mr. Mandela’s death, “it is because we are dealing with a very difficult situation. You can understand our emotions.” Ms. Madikizela-Mandela, 76, is, if anything, an expert on the emotions that can be stirred by her family’s history and her own as one of the key public figures in South Africa’s long struggle for nonracial democracy. But something else was at work, too.

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When Winnie Madikizela-Mandela stepped out in late June onto the porch of the home here she once shared with Nelson Mandela…it was like a fiery echo of the past. “If we sometimes sound bitter,” she said, referring to the Mandela family’s reaction to the crowd of foreign media that had been awaiting Mr. Mandela’s death, “it is because we are dealing with a very difficult situation. You can understand our emotions.” Ms. Madikizela-Mandela, 76, is, if anything, an expert on the emotions that can be stirred by her family’s history and her own as one of the key public figures in South Africa’s long struggle for nonracial democracy. But something else was at work, too.

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July 23rd, 2013
thesmithian

'…The core issue, as the Swedish economist Gunnar Myrdal pointed out in his classic 1944 study, “An American Dilemma: The Negro Problem and Modern Democracy,” is the enduring contradiction between America’s stated ideals—liberty, justice, equality of opportunity—and the subjugated conditions in which many black Americans live out their lives…

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