Monday, February 19, 2007

Conventional wisdom in foreign policy is crippling the United States

By Diane Silver

One thing I've noticed as I've looked at the news media from a changemaker's point of view is that the biggest truths are often buried within a piece.

Today New York Times columnist Paul Krugman, I think, got it right in his entire piece about the need for politicians to learn to admit mistakes. However, what struck me the most about his column was a paragraph in the middle. It highlights the differences between conventional wisdom (call that the "water" I was discussing here) and the change we need to see in our foreign policy.

Krugman writes:
If we want to avoid future quagmires, we need a president who is willing to fight the inside-the-Beltway conventional wisdom on foreign policy, which still — in spite of all that has happened — equates hawkishness with seriousness about national security, and treats those who got Iraq right as somehow unsound.
The emphasis is mine because I think that's an important point. I contend that knee-jerk hawkishness does not, in fact, denote seriousness about national security. Instead, it denotes an inability to see the world as it actually is and an inability to respond with actions that will solve real problems.

Unfortunately, Krugman's full column is hidden behind the Times paywall, but if you get a chance to look at it, do read it. I have to admit that access to Krugman's work is one reason why I shelled out the $50 for TimeSelect.

The sun rises on a new life

By Diane Silver

That's the sun peeping over the horizon of Lake Ontario as a new day dawns on the Great Lakes.

And yes, although I grew up on the lakes, I now live on the Prairie. However, I wanted to mark today with what for me is a beautiful image of a new dawn. That is because this Monday is a new dawn for me personally and for this blog.

Today marks my return to full-time writing and activism, and I couldn't be happier. What this means for me personally is that I get to tackle projects I've been putting off for years. I also get to work harder and longer than ever before, but oh, the satisfaction of being able to do what matters to me. And yes, I suppose I am that selfish.

What this means for Becoming the Change and the other Hope & Politics blogs is that I'll have the flexibility to update more frequently and to pursue independent reporting. In some ways, Becoming the Change is one of the most important projects I've ever started. I look forward to putting more time into contemplating, reporting and seeking a true understanding of how we can bring about the change we want to see.

Tuesday, February 6, 2007

A new day dawns at "Becoming The Change" on February 19.

By Diane Silver

Well, I have to admit that I neglected this tiny, but important blog. We started with a flurry, posted nicely for a week and then walked away. Many apologies to anyone who started reading us and then wondered if we'd all gotten hit by a bus.

I've got some good news. "Becoming The Change" will see its own change on Feb. 19 when we will get back to regular posting. This little blog is dear to me, so I promise that it won't be neglected anymore.

Stay tuned. Be patient. This is gonna be a whole lot of fun.