Bad news for Trump and Erdogan

Democracy must not be a spectator sport. The right to protest, the right to assemble freely, the right to petition one’s government, these are not just rights. In the face of Avarice, Fraud and Division, these are obligations.

We have to disrupt our lives so that we can disrupt the amoral accretion of power by those who would betray our values. We and we the people must raise justice up and must bring peace to our nation and must come together in concord, and we have a choice. We could either paint ourselves into the worst nightmare of Lorenzetti’s bad government, or we can stay in the streets, disruptive, messy, loud. That is what democracy looks like.

Listen to or read the speech on TED.com

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