“People who are hungry, people who are out of a job are the stuff of which dictatorships are made.”
I’ve been reading Barack Obama’s “The Audacity of Hope” lately and I’m completely hooked. Obama provides a nice insight into America, an America we can actually learn from rather than either reflexively hating or excitedly flocking into. In either case, it’s often out of ignorance.
However, the book isn’t just about America. In the same way that Obama bridges the Democratic and Republican debate with a healthy dose of common sense, the lessons learned by America can be directly applied to our aspiring (yet failing) democracy with a healthy dose of common sense as well.
Politics does tend to complicate much. While argumentation and debate are important to maintain a healthy democracy, it only serves as such if compromises are actually arrived at. Otherwise, it’s just a waste of time.
This book should be required reading. I’ll provide an annotation of key insights once I’m done with the entire thing. Shouldn’t be too long now.