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Good manners and elegance

David Brooks, not exactly the ideal type supporter of the current American president, has written a marvellous, short article on the Obama’s presidency praising its ethos of integrity, humanity, good manners and elegance – something we all will, or should, miss at least a little bit.


David Brooks Somehow Believes the 'Behavioral Standards' of Dems and Pubs are the Same

David Brooks has some things to say about Obama in his newest piece at The New York Times:

As this primary season has gone along, a strange sensation has come over me: I miss Barack Obama.

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A Book Review...

This is a book review. I know, super boring, right? You might be thinking, “Maybe it will start as a book review, and then turn into something really interesting and profound?” But you would be wrong. 1,561 more words


You might say this was Eliot’s agency moment, the moment when she began the process by which she would stop being blown about by her voids and begin to live according to her own inner criteria, gradually developing a passionate and steady capacity to initiate action and drive her own life.

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The cup is half filled.

I never thought that the words that would some day escape my mouth would be, “I am very optimistic.” I was always a pessimist to the point of extreme. 445 more words


Time to Man Up, Ted

David Brooks and I are counting on you.

Cruz and Trump will go after each other with increasing ferocity over the next many weeks or months. 28 more words

The State Of The Nation

Hope for the powerless?

Ireland’s parliament – Dáil Eireann

For most of the time ordinary people don’t want power. They just want to get on with their lives. Democracy relieved them of dictatorial, aristocratic and oligarchic abuses of power. 1,736 more words

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