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Born: 1969-03-21
Profession: Journalist
Nation: American
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Our fear of hypocrisy is forcing us to live in a world where gluttons are fine, so long as they champion gluttony.

Tags: Champion, Fear, Hypocrisy

Our country, if you read the 'Federalist Papers,' is about disagreement. It's about pitting faction against faction, divided government, checks and balances. The hero in American political tradition is the man who stands up to the mob - not the mob itself.

Tags: Government, Hero, Political

The problem with the United Nations is that while democracy within nations is the best available form of government, democracy among nations can be a moral disaster - especially if some nations are not democracies.

Tags: Best, Democracy, Government

I think as - all in all, it's better to have a cool president than a not cool president.

Tags: Cool, President

I would also say Barack Obama has spent much, much, much, much more money than the Republicans.

Tags: Money, Obama, Spent

If power made one evil, then God would be the Devil.

Tags: Evil, God, Power

If we say that anyone who 'moralizes' must be perfect morally then we are in effect saying no one can moralize.

Tags: Anyone, Perfect, Saying

Obama did inherit a deficit when he came into office. Why this fact justifies racking up vastly more debt and bigger deficits is a logical mystery.

Tags: Debt, Fact, Why

Social distinctions tend to matter only at your own level and above.

Tags: Level, Matter, Social

The GOP needs to figure out a way to become more appealing to new constituencies.

Tags: Become, Figure, Needs

The premise of my book is that everyone is a bit ideological to some extent. Everyone comes from a ideological perspective.

Tags: Bit, Book, Everyone

We are a species that must try to impose and find systems - systems of thought, ways of organizing and categorizing reality.

Tags: Reality, Thought, Try

And it's the President of the United States who said he wasn't going to spike the football and all this, we shouldn't gloat about it, running campaign ads, gloating about it and saying the other guy isn't good enough to do the tough things that I did, which I think is, one reprehensible.

Tags: Football, Good, Saying

But if the choice is a cool president and 8 or 10 percent unemployment in a declining economy and a country that seems to be going in the wrong direction and structural unemployment for young people at 50 percent, I'd rather have a dorky president who fixed those problems.

Tags: Cool, Country, Young

But it is one of these sort of mythologies about America and its intellectual history, that the right embraced this thing called social Darwinism, when it never did so.

Tags: America, History, Social

But you're never taught in schools - we don't teach anyone in public schools that government is the problem. We don't teach anyone in college that government is the problem - except maybe a handful of sort of unique, conservative schools. But mainstream media never talks as if government is the problem.

Tags: College, Government, Problem

Getting the support of Syria is the moral equivalent of winning the Klan's endorsement - it might be useful but it doesn't necessarily speak well of you.

Tags: Moral, Speak, Winning

If you spend any time in Washington you'll find nerds. What happens is most of them sublimate their fixations with comics, or baseball cards, or 1960s British comedies to policy minutiae and political arcana. But, like Christians in ancient Rome, you can still spot them if you know the signals.

Tags: Baseball, Political, Time

One of the things that really drove me crazy was the way in which college kids, in particular, are educated to think that ideology is dangerous and bad.

Tags: Bad, Crazy, Kids

Republican politics have been off-kilter for several years now because a large segment of the conservative base does not look back fondly on the Bush presidency.

Tags: Large, Politics, Republican

The main difference between liberals and conservatives is that conservatives are honest about it. We're kind of dorks about it. We are kind of like Dungeons and Dragons geeks.

Tags: Between, Difference, Honest

There was no intellectual movement in American history called social Darwinism. The people who were supposedly the leaders of the social Darwinist movement never embraced something called social Darwinism. It didn't exist.

Tags: American, History, Social

You can make a very good argument that society would be much worse off if you let 10 rapists and murderers free rather than put one poor, wrongly accused accountant in prison. And so my only point on that is that it should open up an argument. It should not sort of settle one, because nobody disagrees with it.

Tags: Free, Good, Society

You know those Navy SEALs, they weren't Democrats and Republicans. They were just doing what was best for America. Wouldn't that be a great country if all of you Americans were just like that? You followed orders, you marched in step and you followed my agenda.

Tags: Best, Country, Great

Trust in what you love, continue to do it, and it will take you where you need to go.

Tags: Continue, Love, Trust

Women need space and silence. We too quickly give away our energy. There's something about holding that richness.

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Never underestimate people. They do desire the cut of truth.

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Stress is basically a disconnection from the earth, a forgetting of the breath. Stress is an ignorant state. It believes that everything is an emergency. Nothing is that important. Just lie down.

Tags: Earth, Lie, Stress

A writer's job is to give the reader a larger vision of the world.

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Failure is what we're all running from, we're always running toward success with failure at our back.

Tags: Failure, Success, Toward

I consider writing practice a true Zen practice because it all comes back at you. You can't fool anyone because it's on the page.

Tags: Fool, True, Writing

I feel that 'The Great Failure' is really a book written out of great love and a willingness to face all of who a human being is.

Tags: Failure, Great, Love

Life is not orderly. No matter how we try to make life so, right in the middle of it we die, lose a leg, fall in love, drop a jar of applesauce.

Tags: Die, Life, Love

Our job as writers is to listen, to come home to the four corners of the earth.

Tags: Earth, Home, Job

Read books. They are good for us.

Tags: Books, Good, Read

Talk when you talk, walk when you walk, and die when you die.

Tags: Die, Talk, Walk

That's very nice if they want to publish you, but don't pay too much attention to it. It will toss you away. Just continue to write.

Tags: Away, Nice, Write

The correctness and quality of what you write do not matter; the act of writing does.

Tags: Matter, Write, Writing

When you are present, the world is truly alive.

Tags: Alive, Present, Truly

When you bring the darkness to the table, it doesn't rule you or hurt other people, but when we keep it secret, it's dangerous.

Tags: Hurt, Keep, Secret

Whether you're keeping a journal or writing as a meditation, it's the same thing. What's important is you're having a relationship with your mind.

Tags: Mind, Whether, Writing

If you feel bored or uncomfortable as you're writing, ask yourself what's bothering you and write about that. Sometimes your creative energy is like water in a kinked hose, and before thoughts can flow on the topic at hand, you have to straighten the hose by attending to whatever is preoccupying you.

Tags: Bored, Writing, Yourself

Sometimes when you think you are done, it is just the edge of beginning. Probably that's why we decide we're done. It's getting too scary. We are touching down onto something real. It is beyond the point when you think you are done that often something strong comes out.

Tags: Done, Real, Strong

There's no such thing as a writer's block. If you're having trouble writing, well, pick up the pen and write. No matter what, keep that hand moving. Writing is really a physical activity.

Tags: Keep, Moving, Writing

When you write what you know, you stay in control. One of the first things I encourage my writing students to do is to lose control - say what they want to say, break structure.

Tags: Control, Lose, Writing

Women are wonderful, but they get so caught up about their body. We need to unhook from worrying so much. When I don't feel good, I look in the mirror and think I look fat and miserable. But when I feel good and whole, I'm not worried about my body because I'm living in it. It doesn't become an object.

Tags: Good, Living, Women
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