Archive for the 'History' Category

“Pure democracy … have ever been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property.”

Monday, December 19th, 2016

The Atlantic: The Electoral College Was Meant to Stop Men Like Trump From Being President. “The founders envisioned electors as people who could prevent an irresponsible demagogue from taking office.” By Peter Beinart, November 21, 2016.

“Donald Trump has changed the way I view American government. Before this year, I would have considered Hamilton’s demand for independent-minded electors who could prevent candidates with “talents for low intrigue, and the little arts of popularity” from winning the presidency to be antiquated and retrograde. Now I think the framers were prescient and I was naïve. Eighteen months ago, I could never have imagined President Donald Trump. Now I’m grateful that, two hundred and twenty-seven years ago, they did.”

“My President Was Black”

Thursday, December 15th, 2016

The Atlantic: My President Was Black. “A history of the first African American White House—and of what came next.” By Ta-Nehisi Coates.

A lot of food for thoughts.

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From Syria to Canada

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

CBC News: Drawings of Syria: Child refugees colour horrors of war. “Children of families settling in Surrey, B.C., draw pictures of old homes in Syria, new homes in Canada.”

Wouldn’t it be great to live in a library?

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

Atlas Obscura: Growing Up in a Library Is Exactly As Magical As You’d Imagine. “Ronald Clark and his daughter spent years living in one of New York City’s branch libraries.” By Sarah Laskow.

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A Conversation with President Obama

Friday, December 2nd, 2016

Rolling Stone: The Day After: Obama on His Legacy, Trump’s Win and the Path Forward.

“In an interview conducted the day after the election, the commander in chief reflected on the stunning results and how he’ll spend his time post-White House.” By Jann S. Wenner. November 29th, 2016.

“And one of the things that I have been telling my younger staff, who in some cases have only known politics through my presidency, is history doesn’t travel in a straight line. And it zigs and it zags and sometimes you take two steps forward and then you take a step back.

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There’s no benefit that’s derived from pulling into a fetal position. We go out there, and we work. And we slog through challenges, and over time things get better.”