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Born: 1953-06-02
Profession: Educator
Nation: American
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We want an economic team, Paul Krugman and Robert Kuttner, Joseph Steiglitz's people and others, who say, you know what? We're sophisticated economists but we're concerned about poor and working people.

Tags: Others, Poor, Working

The basic problem with my love relationships with women is that my standards are so high - and they apply equally to both of us. I seek full-blast mutual intensity, fully fledged mutual acceptance, full-blown mutual flourishing, and fully felt peace and joy with each other. This requires a level of physical attraction, personal adoration, and moral admiration that is hard to find.

Tags: Love, Peace, Women

King's response to our crisis can be put in one word: revolution. A revolution in our priorities, a reevaluation of our values, a reinvigoration of our public life and a fundamental transformation of our way of thinking and living that promotes a transfer of power from oligarchs and plutocrats to everyday people and ordinary citizens.

Tags: Crisis, Life, Power

You've got to be a thermostat rather than a thermometer. A thermostat shapes the climate of opinion; a thermometer just reflects it.

Tags: Climate, Opinion, Rather

Clever gimmicks of mass distraction yield a cheap soulcraft of addicted and self-medicated narcissists.

Tags: Cheap, Clever, Mass

A black agenda is jobs, jobs, jobs, quality education, investment in infrastructure and strong democratic regulation of corporations. The black agenda, at its best, looks at America from the vantage point of the least of these and asks what's best for all.

Tags: Best, Education, Strong

Racism is a moral catastrophe, most graphically seen in the prison industrial complex and targeted police surveillance in black and brown ghettos rendered invisible in public discourse.

Tags: Black, Moral, Racism

And when I talk about love, I'm talking about something that's great, though, brother. I'm talking about something that will sustain you.

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We have a market-driven society so obsessed with buying and selling and obsessed with power and pleasure and property.

Tags: Pleasure, Power, Society

If they think they have issues with the president not doing enough for the poor now, wait and see what happens if the opposition takes office. Then they would really need a poverty tour.

Tags: Enough, Poor, Wait

My dear brother Barack Obama has a certain fear of free black men. As a young brother who grows up in a white context, brilliant African father, he's always had to fear being a white man with black skin. All he has known culturally is white. He has a certain rootlessness, a deracination.

Tags: Father, Fear, Men

Hey, you got something going here. I think we've got a chance for some progressive policy that actually focuses on poor and working people.

Tags: Here, Poor, Working

Love and trust and justice, concern for the poor, that's being pushed to the margins, and you can see it.

Tags: Justice, Love, Trust

We will not allow this day of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial to go without somebody going to jail.

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Every president needs to deal with the permanent government of the country, and the permanent government of the country is Wall Street oligarchs and corporate plutocrats and the questions becomes what is the relationship between that president and Wall Street.

Tags: Between, Country, Government

We had a much deeper sense of community in '67 than we do in '97. This is important to say that not in a nostalgic way because it's not as if '67 was a time when things were so good.

Tags: Good, Sense, Time

Anytime I look at a president, I don't care what color he is.

Tags: Care, Color, President

Black people have been working hard for decades.

Tags: Black, Hard, Working

Poor people and working people have not been the focus of the Obama administration. That for me is not just a disappointment but a kind of betrayal.

Tags: Betrayal, Focus, Working

The problem is we need much more moral content.

Tags: Content, Moral, Problem

I am excited to have a black president because white supremacy is real and it needs to be shattered.

Tags: Black, President, Real

It's impossible to translate Wall Street greed into one or two demands.

Tags: Greed, Impossible, Street

We need to put strong Democratic pressure on President Obama in the name of poor and working people.

Tags: Put, Strong, Working
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We want to bear witness today that we know the relation between corporate greed and what goes on too often in the Supreme Court decisions.

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I'm not saying that President Obama should be exempt from criticism, nor do I believe it is some act of racial treason for a black person to hold our president accountable for his actions.

Tags: Act, Black, Saying

Larry Summers, I think, he had a long history of arrogance and relative ignorance about poor people's culture and working people's culture and so forth.

Tags: History, Ignorance, Working
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