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It Is I Who Must Begin

The Czech playwright Vaclav Havel wrote this poem during the activist protests and uprisings that toppled communist rule in Czechoslovakia in 1989. He was the first democratically elected president of Czechoslovakia 1989-1992 and the first president of the new Czech Republic 1993-2003. It is I Who Must Begin It is I who must begin. Once […]

Never Allow a Crisis to Go to Waste

Rahm Emanuel, advisor to President Barack Obama, said during the 2008 financial crisis: “Never allow a crisis to go to waste.” That wisdom has become a meme during the current coronavirus pandemic. People may have many different opinions about what constitutes a crisis and for whom, and many have even more diverging opinions about how […]

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