"Change will happen when people demand it. We need to support the messy and unruly movements that bring about change. That is democracy."
The Soviet Union seemed permanent and invincible, until it didn't. When it fell, far more suddenly than anyone thought it would or could, the festering rot of decades was exposed to the world. We're seeing this happen, in real time, with the Republican Party.
Why do Republicans insist on cutting taxes for the ultra-rich, while shrouding their impact in mendacious nonsense? Because that's what their ultra-richest donors want.
The reality is the business of higher education is economically unsustainable and will sooner or later collapse. The first step for creating alternative educational models is to realize why the current system is broken.
Hurricane Joaquin is approaching the East Coast, but a different type of storm altogether already made landfall on our cities from coast to coast, creating record levels of income inequality and wage stagnation for the vast majority of citizens.
Mandela's death should remind us that racism exists outside of institutions and seeps into our daily lives. Apartheid no longer stands as a law and yet it lives in so many people's minds. We have to pick up the fight from where Mandela left off.
Mujica projected, from his presidential perch, the wildly innocent virtue of Uruguay itself -- and magnified it. If Uruguay as a country is part exile, part refuge, Mujica made the country more the latter. One thing is certain, the world will remember Mujica -- the president, the person.