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" For our family, learning was everything. Homework came first; books, being sacred, were never to be left on the floor. "
" I worry when each of us is seduced by visions of the future that have no place for the other. "
" To those portions of the electorate fed up with politics as usual, Mr. Trump's willingness to say just about anything and to improvise as he goes seems more refreshing and trustworthy than disqualifying. "
" Birthright citizenship in America is part of something larger: The American longing to sever from history, to be a place of new beginnings. "
" We know that enlightened capital didn't get rid of the slave trade. "
" When it comes to granting unconditional birthright citizenship, the United States and Canada are alone in the industrialized world: North American exceptionalism, you can call it. "
" My mother grew up strong. She was a charismatic leader among her peers, staging plays, organizing projects, raising money for charity; she was fiercely protective of her younger brother, with whom she shared a passion for jazz and rock and roll. "
" My hairstyle is not common in India, where my parents come from. "
" Right after college, after growing up in the United States, I moved to India, broadly telling the story of how an old and stagnant country was suddenly waking up. And I came home, back to America, in 2009 after telling that story and writing a book about that. "
" In America, where no one judged or supervised her, where my father was too busy eating her cooking to notice whether she was eating it, too, my mother found herself newly enchanted by the taste of food. "
" Our globalized, automated economy is full of magic - Everyday Low Prices and next-day delivery on that single Gatorade you one-clicked. But it is also full of loss - of jobs, of the dignity of steady work, of chances to rise. "
" To have come of age during and after the global financial crisis of 2008 is to belong to a generation often unable to do what an American could once expect, and to do what was once expected: Get a job, pay off student loans, and find a place of your own. "
" America has two clear tiers of workers: contractors and employees. The former have few regulatory protections; the latter have many. "
" If you think America is great, remember that every person telling you otherwise may carry a clue to making it greater. "
" To spend time in Silicon Valley in a year of political upheaval is, on one level, soothing. It is pleasant to hear talk of wearables, walled gardens, and disruptive beverages in between updates about mass deportation. "
" The burden of citizenship is accepting that what is neither your fault nor your responsibility may be your problem. "
" It requires some intelligent reframing to make people see commonalities that they don't otherwise see. To me, the Tea Party and the Occupy movement are, in many ways, saying the same thing, but it requires a bit of imagination to get people to see that. "
" I'm a Cleveland Indian by birth. "
" Our societies have experienced the magic that occurs when pluralism flourishes and the marginalized assume their proper powers. But loss stalks those victories, as millions revolt against change and supremacies resurface. "
" Taking offense is, in fact, one of the few things that brings us together. "
" I live in places where, although I don't take public stands, I'm surrounded by liberals, and I've spent a lot of time in this country talking to people who have very different views than the people I live around and trying to see kind of what's in common beneath those conversations. "
" In my reporting, I've found that real change escapes many change-makers because powerful illusions guide their projects. "
" Our technology promises the magic of constant connectedness. Yet we feel loss in being atomized on separate screens, trapped in filter bubbles of belief, bobbing in a sharing economy in which the technologists seem to own all the shares. "
" I'm a son of immigrants. I'm not going to reduce my commitment to immigration. But can I empathize with the fact that if your town was 95 percent all white and now it's down to 60, that that can scare you? Can I empathize with that? Yeah. "
" When rooted, you observe how systems actually affect people. "