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
30 January 2014

Perhaps one could also assume that the debate on affirmative action and employment equity inside the DA has now been resolved. When a black politician from outside the DA is promoted over the heads of the party’s leader, the party chairman and the parliamentary leader, we are witnessing the application of affirmative action with a vengeance. What recommends Ms Ramphele above all else is her contribution to the liberation struggle. With the exception of Joe Seremane, none of the DA’s long-standing black members made any such contribution. – Pallo Jordan in Business Day

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