Quote of the week

Trump’s electoral fiction floats free of verifiable reality. It is defended not so much by facts as by claims that someone else has made some claims. The sensibility is that something must be wrong because I feel it to be wrong, and I know others feel the same way. When political leaders such as Ted Cruz or Jim Jordan spoke like this, what they meant was: You believe my lies, which compels me to repeat them. Social media provides an infinity of apparent evidence for any conviction, especially one seemingly held by a president.

Timothy Snyder
The New York Times
31 August 2009

The National Committee expressed concerns over the utterances attributed to Julius Malema towards the leadership of the Alliance. Many men far greater and better than Julius have travelled the road that he seeks to embark, and many more of them were doomed to failure. We doubt if the majority of members of the ANC Youth League shares his sentiment of insulting Comrade Blade Nzimande, as we know that many of them holds him in high regard. We also do not believe that insults should come first in the place of intellectual discourse, and that hurling insults is merely a form of expressing intellectual bankruptcy. In the ANC and the National Liberation Movement, we have always referred to “narrow African Chauvinism” as a characterization of a tendency, not a label; this is known in the movement. We believe that Julius has crossed the line, and call on our sister organisation, the ANC Youth League, to distance itself from his insults. We want to also place on record that getting into discussions about what brand of whisky people drink, or what their social conduct is when they have drank it will not help the debate and can only hide the real issues behind racial transformation. – Young Communist League on Julius Malema

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