Category Archives: Leadership

Who’s Responsible for the Shutdown?

January 20, 2018 The question dominating the media just now is ‘who is responsible for the shutdown of the federal government?’ Is this a #ShumerShutdown or a #TrumpShutdown?  For me it’s the not the most important or interesting question, but … Continue reading

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Four Things I Admire About Dr. King

On this day of remembrance for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., I want to lift up four things I admire about him. He was hopeful.  His message was consistently optimistic.  He had goals and he believed we could achieve them.  … Continue reading

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A Demagogic Leadership Style

January 8, 2017 From a post by Bob Bauer, on the Lawfare Blog.  An astonishing but straightforward statement about the current president of the United States. Trump displays a demagogic leadership style characterized by the pathological personalization of his office. Of primary … Continue reading

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The Trump Presidency as Covering Fire

December 1, 2017 Can you picture the bit in most war movies and many westerns where someone says, “cover me while I make a break for it,” or “cover me while I get behind them,” or some such.  Always, “cover … Continue reading

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How Does One Become Morally Obtuse?

July 22, 2017 I have a letter in today’s (?) New York Times.  It’s in the on-line version, the post is dated yesterday, and perhaps it will be in tomorrow’s print edition (The Sunday Review section). The letter is in … Continue reading

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Western Values or Human Values?

July 16, 2017 On July 6, Donald Trump delivered a speech in Poland celebrating ‘western values.’ He linked together historic threats (including both Nazi terror and Soviet domination) against which Poland struggled and the current threats that the United States … Continue reading

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Shout Out to Xiaobo

July 15, 2017 From Liu Xiaobo’s speech accepting the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize, delivered in absentia (it was read by Liv Ullmann): Freedom of expression is the foundation of human rights, the source of humanity, and the mother of truth. … Continue reading

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