“Some conservatives say, ah, but he was a communist. Actually Mandela was raised in a Methodist school, was a devout Christian, turned to communism in desperation only after South Africa was taken over by an extraordinarily racist government determined to eliminate all rights for blacks. I would ask of his critics: where were some of these conservatives as allies against tyranny? Where were the masses of conservatives opposing Apartheid? In a desperate struggle against an overpowering government, you accept the allies you have just as Washington was grateful for a French monarchy helping him defeat the British.”
LTMC: There’s a brief but worthwhile exchange in the comments section on this article that’s worth bringing to the surface:
Wes341: But you’ve got to admit that Newt making sense is bound to cause some cognitive dissonance.
Ta-Nehisi Coates: No. It shouldn’t. That right there is the fight. It’s the exact reason why people think no racists actually exist in the world, and bigots live under bridges. If you begin from the premise that all humans are complicated then there really is no dissonance to be had. Dissonance is what we are.
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Dissonance is what we are.
The Safest Suburb In The World Did It By Ending The Culture Of Cars
Houten’s main road, which was not actually a road but a winding path through what looked like a golf course or a soft-edged set from Teletubbies: all lawns and ponds and manicured shrubs. Not a car in sight. We rolled past an elementary school and kindergarten just as the lunch bell rang. Children, some of whom seemed barely out of diapers, poured out, hopped on little pink and blue bicycles, and raced past us, homeward.
“We are quite proud of this,” Tiemens boasted. “In most of the Netherlands, children don’t bike alone to school until they are eight or nine years old. Here they start as young as six.”
“Their parents must be terrified,” I said.
“There’s nothing to fear. The little ones do not need to cross a single road on their way home.”