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25 September 2017


Not voting is an excellent way to change the system. And Bernie Sanders, who is an opportunist that the Democrats allowed to hijack their own party, is an excellent person to not vote for. That will really show 'em.

I know. This is the problem with having a "the system's not broken, the system's working exactly the way it was set up to work" worldview. At the end of the day I felt Clinton was happy with the way the system is set up to work, and it was working for her, and I could not support that.
I don't know what to do, really. Our problems seem to be with us no matter which political party is in charge. Leading me to ask, how can I affect change without bothering about politics? Not least because politics are totally stupid and boring and a big waste of time and resources? I'm working on it.

If it's any consolation I'm not buying and reading any books by Bernie Sanders, either.

"Is conservative author Laura Ingraham really "the world's most powerful woman"?" I love Digby, so I'm gonna blame the headline writer for picking out an ill-considered final sentence and twisting it into clickbait

But seriously?

Angela Merkel
Theresa May
Janet Yellen
Mary Barra
Margaret Keane
Marillyn Hewson
Carol Keehan
Sonia Sotomayor
Ruth Bader Ginsberg

... heckopete, Oprah Winfrey!

And that's just off the top of my head.

P.S. Not gonna get into the Clinton argument - if I want to do that, I'll just head over to FaceBook - but I very much disagree that "politics are totally stupid and boring and a big waste of time and resources."

Politics is nothing more and nothing less than the art/science/discipline of human beings getting along with other human beings, and nothing can be more central to our survival as individuals and as a species. Politics is *hard*, and frequently conducted very badly, and almost always under siege by venal little people trying to coopt it for their private vendettas and greed. But it can be inspiring, and is at times conducted with wisdom and grace, and whether done well and badly, is (as Aristotle would note) the essential activity that makes humans human.

[climbs down from soapbox, dusts it off carefully, and stores it tidily in the corner for the next user]

Is it any more accurate if I say "politics as they are frequently practiced in this country"? If we say governance rather than politics, I'm much more interested. Governance is hard, but important. Wish we could find anyone to conduct it with wisdom and grace.

And thank you for the ready-made list of important women for good suggested biography and autobiography reading. I had my doubts about Laura Ingraham being the world's most powerful woman, but sometimes ours is not to question clickbait, it is just to pass it along.

I'd very much agree that "politics practiced as a game* instead of recognizing that real human needs and concerns and even lives at stake (which is what we've been getting a lot of lately, alas) is stupid, boring, etc."

*at first I typed "as a pissing match" but I'm trying to be less vulgar...

I'd love a biography of Carol Keehan. And I wish we had more memoirs from women CEOs. I don't much like Sheryl Standberg, and had a lot of problems with LEAN IN, but by gosh it was *different* from the usual corporate palaver.

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