The only politics in this country that’s relevant to black people today is the politics of revolution… none other.
First, take the government of the Indians out of politics second, let the laws of the Indians be the same as those of the whites third, give the Indian the ballot.
We mistake politics for legislative debate. You can be passionate without being personal.
Politics was my third act. But I could have a fourth. I don’t know what that will be yet, but there will be one.
The difference between the men and the boys in politics is, and always has been, that the boys want to be something, while the men want to do something.
On the mountains mistakes are fatal. In politics, mistakes are wounding emotionally, but you recover. Personally, wilderness helps me get back in touch with natural rhythms, helps me reflect and, in the process, restore my creativity.
Spontaneous combustion of grassroots politics is the future.
There is this concept of politics as a dirty game. It’s a difficult game, but it doesn’t have to be dirty. I think this is what we need to bring to politics. I think politics around the world has very often been captured by big interests – ‘lobbies’ they call them in the States.
This idea that a book can either be about character and feeling, or about politics and idea, is just a false binary. Ideas are an expression of the feelings and the intense emotions we hold about the world.
Most people get their politics, obviously, from TV shows about senators or movies about them or… all the day-to-day press and the talk shows.