"Life is never either/or. Decisions are complex, and there are always competing factors. To look for simple explanations is the bias of the human brain, but it doesn't correspond to reality. Nothing is ever as straightforward as it appears.
Mandela is comfortable with contradiction. As a politician, he was a pragmatist who saw the world as infinitely nuanced. ... As a statesman, Mandela was uncommonly loyal to Muammar Gaddafi and Fidel Castro. They had helped the ANC when the US still branded Mandela as a terrorist. When I asked him about Gaddafi and Castro, he suggested that Americans tend to see things in black and white ... Mandela's calculus was always, What is the end that I seek, and what is the most practical way to get there?"
Richard Stengel, "Mandela: His 8 Lessons of Leadership"
"It is tempting to think of libertarianism as nothing more than old-school Republicanism, but it's always been partially left-wing, drawing from a long history of American anarchism. The modern challenge is to unite those two wings. ... If the old [Libertarian] Party was cobbled together from hard-line strains of voluntarianism, propertarianism and paleolibertarianism, the new Libertarian Party is more likely to build off ... suburbanarianism.
And if that happens, voters ... may find in the Libertarians ... a gentle logic and a contagious enthusiasm for freedom in all its forms. Libertarians are getting ready for the mainstream, and mainstream America may finally be ready for them."
Nathan Thornburgh, "The (Not So) Lunatic Fringe"
"[P]ractically anything on the Web collects comments the way a whale collects barnacles. In theory, it's a great thing. We're giving the people a voice! But the reality is that commenting [on the Web] either attracts loathsome people or somehow causes ordinary people to express themselves in a way that is loathsome. ... [It's] a kind of communal game in which whoever is cleverest and pushes the most buttons wins."
Lev Grossman, "Post Apocalypse"