When it comes to politics, what’s love got to do with it?

first_imgLove might not be all we need, but its lack is surely tearing us apart. That was the point made by Arthur C. Brooks, president of the conservative think tank American Enterprise Institute, during a Wednesday evening discussion with James Bryant Conant University Professor Danielle Allen at the Institute of Politics’ John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum.Love’s potency cannot be underestimated, began Brooks, who is also the Beth and Ravenel Curry Scholar in Free Enterprise at American Enterprise. Discussing the powerful effect of oxytocin — the “love molecule” — and its potential for treating heroin addiction, he moved on to talk about how love of another sort might be able to treat the toxicity of our current political situation.“Ninety-three percent of Americans hate how divided we’ve become in this country. It’s a love problem. People have stopped talking to relatives,” said Brooks, whose most recent book is “Love Your Enemies.”“We have a public policy crisis, but we have to be responsible for it,” he continued. Quoting his late mentor, James Q. Wilson, former Shattuck Professor of Government at Harvard, Brooks said, “You really have to remember that public policy never affects people at more than the 5 percent margin of their lives.” When Brooks asked what made up the remainder, Wilson told him, “Mostly just love.”“If you believe the 5 percent and blow it up to 100 percent, you’re not going to be giving people what they need,” Brooks said. “The revolution doesn’t lie with institutions. The revolution lies within ourselves.”Love does not mean avoiding conflict, Brooks stressed, citing as an example part of AEI’s mission statement: “competition of ideas is essential to a free society.”“Competition: That means disagreement,” he said.Rather, he said what’s needed is loving disagreement that replaces contempt with respect, or, as the Dalai Lama once told him, “with warm-heartedness.”“Ninety-three percent of Americans hate how divided we’ve become in this country. It’s a love problem,” Arthur Brooks told his Kennedy School audience.Dissenting respectfully, or, as Brooks might have put it, with love, Allen argued that the times may be too dire for such restraint. Noting that in the political sphere, we may be facing “actual adversaries,” Allen, who directs the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, pointed out that, “Our conflicts are real and consequential, and the stakes of them are sometimes life-transforming.”She also called out Brooks’ use of the word “kumbaya,” both in his comments and his book, as shorthand for a faked feel-good camaraderie. “Your book focuses on the contempt we feel in 2019,” she said, citing the battles between red and blue. “But culture is a big, complicated thing that teaches us our moral orientation. Our language is a carrier of contempt. You used ‘kumbaya’ contemptuously. I hear that and I hear my culture being disrespected.” She then played a 1929 recording of a singer from Sea Island, Ga., performing the spiritual with reverence. Brooks accepted the correction.On several basic points, the two found common ground. Summing up Brooks’ argument, Allen noted that both sides must acknowledge a “deep shared moral consensus,” notably, concern for our country. The second step is to consider one’s adversary in terms of equality. Only then, she noted, would it be possible to “fight with love.”Brooks agreed, and, in response to a question about the value of protest, brought up the 2017 interaction between Hawk Newsome, president of Black Lives Matter of Greater New York, and Donald Trump supporter Tommy E. Hodges Jr. at a pro-Trump rally in Washington, D.C., that Hodges had organized and Newsome came to protest. Spotting Newsome, who was wearing a Black Lives Matter T-shirt, Hodges offered him two minutes on stage to make his case. Newsome took him up on the offer and introduced himself by saying, “I’m Hawk Newsome, and I’m an American.”Brooks said that Newsome spent his short time focused on the patriotism that both sides share, saying, “This is America. When something’s not right, you can fix it.”“If we really want to make America great, we do it together,” he concluded, adding that The Washington Post reported that at Newsome’s words, “And then the crowd cheered.” It was, Brooks said, a perfect “statement of political love.”“They weren’t saying suddenly, ‘I’m on the other side,’” Brooks said. “They were saying, ‘I like this guy.’ So there’s hope.”last_img read more

Alice “Fay” Brown July 12, 1942 – February 9, 2020

first_imgAlice “Fay” Brown, age 77 of Harrison, Ohio passed away at her home Sunday, February 9, 2020. Born July 12, 1942 in Welch, West Virginia, the daughter of Carmon “Charlie” and Dora (Evans) Bates.Fay married Pearl Brown March 3, 1958 in Totz, Kentucky. Attended New Haven Road Family Worship Center in Harrison, Ohio.Fay is survived by her children Ronald (Diana) Brown, Gerald (Loraine) Brown, Jeff Brown, Sharon (Steve) Oberrecht, Debra (Rob) Brandes and Gregory Todd (Cathy) Brown. Grandmother of 13 and great grandmother of 18. Sister of Peggy Sturgill.Preceded in death by her parents Carmon “Charlie” and Dora Bates, husband Pearl Brown, and brother Charles Evans.Visitation will be held Wednesday, February 12, 2020 from 10:00 A.M until time of funeral service at 11:00 A.M. with Pastor Dave Garrett officiating all at Jackman Hensley Funeral Home 215 Broadway Street Harrison, Ohio 45030. Burial will follow at New Haven Cemetery.Memorials may be directed to Hospice of Cincinnati c/o the funeral home.last_img read more

Brazil lifts fourth U-17 World Cup

first_imgRelatedPosts Global COVID-19 cases surpass 27m – Johns Hopkins Everton sign Brazil midfielder from Napoli Reinier completes Dortmund loan switch Host Brazil have won their fourth crown of the Under 17 FIFA World Cup, following a 2-1 win over Mexico in the final at Brasilia’s Estadio Bezerrao.The Brazilians have now moved within one title of equalling record holders, Nigeria, though this was their first since 2003.It also may have been the sweetest, given that the South Americans became only the second team to top the competition as hosts – the first, interestingly enough, was Mexico eight years ago.For the second straight match, Lazaro was Brazil’s super sub.On Thursday, he capped his side’s comeback against France in the semi-final by bagging the winning goal in the 89th minute.On Sunday, the No 20 left it even later.Brazil fell behind in the 66th minute when Bryan Gonzalez beat adidas Golden Glove winner Matheus Donelli with a superbly-directed header.A Kaio Jorge penalty goal brought Brazil roaring back 18 minutes later, and Lazaro’s volleyed, close-range strike three minutes into second-half stoppage time sealed the trophy for the hosts.In the third-place match, France rode Arnaud Kalimuendo-Muinga’s hat-trick to victory over European rivals, Netherlands.Both teams benefitted from the reintroduction of their captains, who missed their respective semi-finals.Oranje field general Kenneth Taylor assisted the opening goal of the match, flicking a pass over the French defence to play Mohamed Taabouni in on goal.France captain Lucien Agoume countered with an incisive through ball seven minutes later, which eventually led to Kalimuendo-Muinga’s first goal.The Paris Saint-Germain starlet scored two more in the second period en route to Les Bleuets’ bronze medal finish.Tags: BrazilU-17 World Cuplast_img read more

McIlroy admits 18th hole gamble

first_imgRory McIlroy has revealed how he gambled on rivals Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler not making an eagle in a frantic finish to the US PGA Championship on Sunday. Press Association With daylight fading fast following a rain delay of almost two hours, Mickelson and Fowler stood aside on the 18th hole to allow the final group of McIlroy and Bernd Wiesberger to tee off. That ensured they would have the option to finish the hole and is common practice, but what was not so common was McIlroy hitting his approach to the 18th as well before Mickelson and Fowler attempted to catch him with an eagle three on the par five. center_img “We were cool with hitting the tee shot,” Fowler said. “We weren’t expecting the approach shots. It changes things a little bit. Obviously, there is no waiting. Phil and I waited on the tee for a good amount of time and had to hit tee shots. “In a way, they [McIlroy and Wiesberger] never got out of rhythm as far as hitting the golf shots.” Mickelson, who came agonisingly close to holing his pitch, stopped short of criticising the situation in a television interview but was clearly agitated on the green. “It didn’t affect the outcome I think,” the left-hander said. “It’s not what we normally do but it’s not a big deal. It’s a courteous thing to let the guys tee off in case they blow the horn. It gave everyone a chance to finish just in the nick of time.” McIlroy was quick to acknowledge the act of sportsmanship after hitting his second shot into a greenside bunker and securing the par which sealed a one-shot win over Mickelson and a second major title in four weeks. “They could have just left us on the tee box there and just play normally,” McIlroy said. “But they showed a lot of class and a lot of sportsmanship doing that. I thanked Rickie and Phil in the scorer’s area and reiterated what I said in my speech out there on the 18th green. “At that point in time, I had a two-shot lead. I saw both their second shots and I saw that they had finished down on the bottom right side of the green. I knew it was tough. “I know Phil came awfully close to holing that third shot but at the same time, I knew par was probably going to be good enough, and if I had to and try and make birdie with that third shot out of the bunker, I would have been a little more aggressive with it and obviously tried to get it up on the top level and try and make a four. “But I just sort of weighed up the probability of everything and I was 75, 80 per cent certain that those guys were not going to make eagle. So it made my job a little easier.” last_img read more