His answer, of course, was no — that the word had a far broader meaning. Democracy comes to true fruition, he wrote, only “in the highest forms of interaction between men, and their beliefs — in religion, literature, colleges, and schools.” In other words, “democracy in all public and private life.”
Whitman’s words rang out in a familiar key this week, as Americans across the country raised alarms over widespread Republican efforts to make it harder to vote and easier to overturn elections.
One of them was President Joe Biden, who in his Memorial Day address reached for Whitmanesque heights when he referred to democracy as “more than a form of government.” He called it “a way of seeing the world” and the “soul of America.”
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A favor from Russian ransomware hackers
High-profile ransomware attacks are intensifying: first Colonial Pipeline and then JBS, the world’s biggest meat producer, the New York City subway system, a local police department in California and the city of Atlanta. FBI Director Christopher Wray told the Wall Street Journal on Thursday that the staggering vulnerability of the US to such cyberattacks threat summoned “parallels” to 9/11.
The real reason employers can’t hire enough workers
On Friday, Biden rejected a new Republican counterproposal on infrastructure, saying it didn’t meet his policy goals. With negotiations continuing, key Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin indicated to CNN he’s not ready to join his colleagues in a partisan infrastructure bill or dispense with Senate filibuster rules. A grueling, process-driven path likely lies ahead for Biden and senators on both sides of the aisle.
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Naomi Osaka’s courageous choice
In a long social media post on Monday, tennis star Naomi Osaka explained her withdrawal from the French Open after officials threatened to expel her if she didn’t participate in mandatory media interviews. She cited anxiety and depression, writing, “I thought it was better to exercise self-care and skip the press conferences.”
The power of Pride
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‘Moments of Love’
Despite criticism from fans of the show and those who have accused Waithe of problematic representations in her other work, Joseph asserted, Denise and Alicia are a revelation: “Combining Black American, British, Caribbean and African traditions in their sartorial, food, linguistic and aesthetic touches, they are authentically and transnationally Black in ways that are brilliantly conveyed through the mundane. In a bravura scene, one that I replayed over and over, they silently fold laundry while grooving to the sound of ‘Everybody, Everybody,’ a global anthem sung by Black Box that captures in miniature the sublime joy of Black love in moments of peace, sheltered against the inevitable tides of an outside world that still sees Black life for what it lacks rather than all of the transcendent genius it embodies.”
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