I have always said I will be in politics to serve as best as I can and it will take me wherever it will take me.
Yes’ is a far more potent word than ‘no’ in American politics. By adopting the positions which animate the political agenda for the other side, one can disarm them and leave them sputtering with nothing to say.
I believe in incentivizing people. If you can incentivize people in anything, whether it’s in politics in life in spirituality in business just take care of folks. Incentivize them and all of a sudden it’s amazing the difference that you’ll see.
If Greece had gone through a very normal political life, I may have not been in politics. But just the fact that I lived through huge upheavals and very difficult struggles and polarization and the barbarism of dictatorships – that made me feel that we had to change this country.
People meet in bars after work all over the world and talk about the great problems of life and death and the world and politics and they don’t take themselves seriously. They can do nothing else except chat about these things in bars after work.
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.
I call it people-to-people politics and that’s what politics should be about, reaching out and helping one another and touching one another about what we’re going to do.
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.
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.