Monday, October 31, 2016

One of the faces of good America: Robert Reich

"America is great because America is good, 
and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great."
Alexis de Tocqueville

By Patrick

America is a very confusing country, maybe more than ever. One the one hand, it is home to millions of highly educated people. Many of the best universities are located in the USA - no less than 17 American universities can be found among the best 25 universities of the world. On the other hand, contempt of education, ignorance and the fanatic belief in authoritarian solutions have become popular, endangering the foundations of democracy. In this incredibly diverse country, a clash between several cultures is taking place. The outcome has yet to be determined.

Robert Reich is a prominent representative of the highly educated, and may I say, "good" America. He wrote many books which surely are excellent, but these days, the public conversation mainly takes place on social media. Books are not as influential as they once were. 

Social media however has become incredibly influential. That's where we spend many hours a week, where we form our opinions and communicate with others. Places like our blog, but most importantly, the conversation can be found on facebook and twitter.

Therefore it is a good thing that somebody like Robert Reich has become very active on facebook as well. He usually publishes several facebook posts every day, and they are often very thought provoking as well as fascinating. They are worth reading.

Here are some examples.

We will never stop believing in "good America." After all, there is something special which distinguishes America from many other places. People like Robert Reich are wonderful representatives of this free world with liberal values - a world which is now under threat. 

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