Serious leadership brings complexity and nuance, and demands more information, not less. Our debates must strengthen democracy, not weaken it.
Calvin Trillin, an incomparable reporter, brought his wry, Midwestern Jewish perspective to coverage of the 1960s Civil Rights Movement, first for Time magazine and then for The New Yorker. He once observed, tongue in cheek, that it must have been awfully crowded in the South back then “behind the scenes.”
We’re living with an unprecedented threat to free speech, with much of today’s public discourse controlled by a handful of companies with unsurpassed wealth and power—companies whose capitalization values exceed the economies of major developed countries.
What undermines democracy is the use of electronic surveillance by government without tight limits: judicial oversight, transparent policies and publicly available information after the fact.
When Jon Ossoff and the Reverend Raphael Warnock stand together to campaign in Georgia’s twin Senate runoffs, they stand on the state’s well-established foundation of Black-Jewish cooperation.