One of the changes that marked the decline of the Roman empire was their increased reliance on mercenaries instead of citizen soldiers. Many were in it solely for the money (or salt) and not patriotism. The same was increasingly true of the wealthy elite. Sound familiar?
For my friends who work in design, a powerful question posed by Tony Fadell, Nest founder and co-designer of the iPod and iPhone. His question is powerful not just because design affects us deeply and we ought to think deeply about it, but also because it shows that great designers are so often people with [...]
When liberals can finally understand just why the crowds react to him the way they do, they'll start to get how to change their attitude and approach. Empathy instead of condescension, respect instead of contempt for people who are just plain suffering and refusing to let go of what dignity they have left. You don't [...]
The essential problem with armed overthrows is that they rarely win the peace. Victory in the battlefield doesn't create sustainable institutions for a civil society. Pop quiz: when did World War 2 end? The fighting may have stopped in 1945 but the real answer is somewhere in 1947-8, when the Marshall Plan and the Occupation in Japan helped restore normalcy and gave the Japanese and Germans back control. That's why they are such strong allies today. That's why Iraq is not.
Jefferson’s powerful last public letter reminds us what Independence Day is all about – The Washington Post
For me, it's about remembering that we weren't born "with saddles on our backs," we weren't born to be exploited but rather, we were born "to assume the blessings & security of self government" and enjoy "the free right to the unbounded exercise of reason and freedom of opinion." And that by doing so, Americans give the rest of the world permission and courage to do the same.
So much will change in the next 20 years that not only will some jobs disappear (like many cashiers, truck drivers, accountants, and stockbrokers), but our schools will not prepare kids for the new ones. The have/have-not divide will only widen between schools with high-tech labs and free laptops on one hand, and schools with [...]
One day last week, Pres. Trump joined Saudi Arabia and a few other countries in condemning Qatar as a sponsor of terrorism. Qatar probably is, but the Saudis themselves have actions for which the president assured them he would not hold them accountable. In taking sides against Qatar, he put the US into a fight [...]
“It has done more to emancipate women than any one thing in the world. I rejoice every time I see a woman ride by on a bike. It gives her a feeling of self-reliance and independence the moment she takes her seat; and away she goes, the picture of untrammelled womanhood.” Susan B. Anthony, [...]
By Daphne Matziaraki This film shows that crucial moment between life and death, where regardless of political beliefs, fears or preparation, some people will go beyond themselves to save a stranger. A coast guard captain on a small Greek island is suddenly charged with saving thousands of refugees from drowning at sea. Source: 4.1 Miles
Nick Kristof reminds us that in 1938, many Americans and Europeans said the same things about Jewish refugees that Donald Trump and Marie Le Pen are saying about Syrian refugees. (They're lying.) In New York City (where a bomb injured 29 people last night) world leaders are meeting for two days to discuss how [...]
Several people have asked me, including my taxi driver, Moses just now, why Africa, why Kilimanjaro? Since they asked in a way that suggests they want a deeper answer, I tried to come up with one. I wasn’t sure myself at first, but now I can find a few reasons. Among them are another [...]
I got passed by an ambulance while riding my electric bike to Edward Hospital yesterday. I knew they were headed there, too, and I knew the person inside was probably about to meet my sister, whose 5am shift as ER physician was not quite up. It was one of those moments we all get [...]
I was dismayed last year to realize my passport, which I hadn’t used in 9 years, was about to expire. I hadn’t left the country since the Bush administration. I speak six or seven languages well enough to make small talk and find my way around; I hadn’t used but one in almost a [...]