Instead of education as a market, we need to argue that education is a human right that every child has at birth.
Frequently, circumstances don’t change people: they simply reveal the person’s character.
If you take a long view, and look at the careers of most great writers, you see them coming into their own with their fourth or maybe fifth novel. Cormac McCarthy, supposedly, didn’t—until he’d written his fourth or fifth book—make enough money in book sales to pay any taxes. So if you write people off too soon, you potentially miss the next Cormac McCarthy.
There comes a time when you realize that everything is a dream, and only those things preserved in writing have any possibility of being real.
It used to be that jobs were going to be there when you left high school in Winston Salem, North Carolina. Screw-up students went to textile factories, and better students went to the RJ Reynolds Warehouse, believe it or not, and the really good students went to community college. And that doesn’t happen anymore, those jobs aren’t there. The screw-up students are doing meth and hanging out at the pool hall and the bowling alley.
Netanyahu is not the sin, Netanyahu is the punishment.
Anyone who has a simplistic idea about the Middle East, or about the conflict, doesn’t get it—because there are no simple answers. And anyone who is messianic, in a right-wing way or a left-wing way, is wrong too. The way forward is a kind of cautious, commonsense approach—a cautious, humble hope.
Women’s sexuality surrounds us, but right beneath that there’s this other standard for women’s desire that’s still informed by uneasiness. It’s linked, ultimately, to the comfort that we all get—men and society as a whole—from this idea that women are somehow less desiring than men. We can still lean on women a little bit to keep society stable. The dichotomy that’s set up is that men are animals and anarchic in their lust and women are civilized and civilizing in their sexuality.
So torture, rendition, assassination, all of these things are bad. Unless “we” do them. Because we are an exceptional people. Our hearts are always pure.
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