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
29 October 2010

[M]any ministers are chosen not for their potential performance but instead for their anticipated nonperformance. Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel is a gifted trade union fall-guy chosen to build a department that will never have a role. Energy Minister Dipuo Peters’s remit seems limited to craven capitulation before a rampaging Department of Minerals. The minister of injustice, Jeff Radebe, has apparently been selected for his inability to control the new director of national nonprosecutions. – Anthony Butler in Business Day

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