Friday, 31 July 2009

America, Britain and the power of ideas

LabourList is having an ideas themed day, ably edited by @Jessica_Asato. My contribution is on the United States- as a set of ideas and ideals- and ponders why the British are so reticent about delving into our own past in order to change our future. It looks at the campaign of Barack Obama as an example of what can happen. And then, just this morning I read a poem that I wished I'd quoted which ponders 'when history and hope rhyme.' Here is an excerpt from The Cure at Troy by Seamus Heaney:
History says, Don't hope
on this side of the grave.
But then, once in a lifetime
the longed for tidal wave
of justice can rise up,
and hope and history rhyme.
Dare we dream? The link to the article is below:

Brits need to abandon their reticence about ideas and follow the American Dream

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