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
19 October 2009

“We have a problem… this organisation [the ANC] is faced with a new enemy… and this enemy is composed of twins. Twins that are destroying the organisation,” said President Jacob Zuma. To loud applause from members, he said there were people in the ANC who were prepared for the organisation to be destroyed in order for them to occupy certain positions.  Lobbying within the ANC had in some cases stopped being comradely and was now deadly, marked by character assassination and gossip.  “This enemy, the one twin — authority, positions. The [other] twin is money. These two walk together; they are well armed; they are destroying the African National Congress,” Zuma warned.

The two were related because “some are looking for a position to put their friends so that they have access to resources,” he said to cheers and whistles of approval from his audience. Zuma said there were people in the organisation “who have surrendered themselves to the comrades of other comrades… who work 24 hours for certain comrades, not for the ANC. – Cape Times Report on a speech delivered by Preisdent Jacob Zuma to the ANC Western cape provincial general council

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