Re: Whom would you like to interview, and what would you ask?

Jim Wallis: You know I would like . . .  If I could, I would like to interview Gandhi – but I can’t – about so many things.  “Be the change you want for the world,” he used to say.  I mean here is someone who understood spirituality.  He understood serious political tactics for building movements; knew that you had to sort of prepare yourself . . .  He said we had to prepare ourselves for independence.  I mean here was somebody who knew about changing cultures and changing politics.

And the most important political leader of our time – I’ve had a chance to talk with him briefly; I’d love to have a long evening with him – is Nelson Mandela.  And the reason I think he showed so much integrity is he had 27 years of spiritual formation in prison while sitting on Robben Island.  And it came to be called “Mandela University”, that prison, because they were all learning from him – the guards, the prisoners.  I was at his inauguration and his prison guards were in the front row; his old students, his old friends welcoming the birth of a new South Africa.  We need that kind of integrity in political leadership.  And I think it comes out of movements.  It comes out of struggle.  It comes out of sacrifice.  It doesn’t come out of just degrees, and pedigrees, and influence, and power.  The difference in power and authority . . . you know Pharaoh had the power, but Moses had the authority.  The British had the power, but Gandhi had the authority.  The leaders had the power, the Romans had the power, but Jesus had the authority.  ________ had the power, but Mandela had the authority.  We have to find leaders who really have the authority and not just power.

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Ideology drives us apart. Neuroscience can bring us back together.

A guide to making difficult conversations possible—and peaceful—in an increasingly polarized nation.

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How to split the USA into two countries: Red and Blue

Progressive America would be half as big, but twice as populated as its conservative twin.

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  • America's two political tribes have consolidated into 'red' and 'blue' nations, with seemingly irreconcilable differences.
  • Perhaps the best way to stop the infighting is to go for a divorce and give the two nations a country each
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Why a federal judge ordered White House to restore Jim Acosta's press badge

A federal judge ruled that the Trump administration likely violated the reporter's Fifth Amendment rights when it stripped his press credentials earlier this month.

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 16: CNN chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta (R) returns to the White House with CNN Washington bureau chief Sam Feist after Federal judge Timothy J. Kelly ordered the White House to reinstate his press pass November 16, 2018 in Washington, DC. CNN has filed a lawsuit against the White House after Acosta's press pass was revoked after a dispute involving a news conference last week. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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  • Acosta will be allowed to return to the White House on Friday.
  • The judge described the ruling as narrow, and didn't rule one way or the other on violations of the First Amendment.
  • The case is still open, and the administration may choose to appeal the ruling.
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