Ayn Rand: Inoperative

“When personal judgment is inoperative (or forbidden), men’s first concern is not how to choose, but how to justify their choice.”
—Ayn Rand.

Russell Ackoff: Problem

“The best thing that can be done to a problem is to solve it.
False.
The best thing that can be done to a problem is to dissolve it, to redesign the entity that has it or its environment so as to eliminate the problem.
Such a design incorporates common sense and research and increases our learning more than trial-and-error or scientific research alone can.”

—Russell Ackoff.

Barrack Obama: Old playbook, old as time

“Appealing to tribe, appealing to fear, pitting one group against another, telling people that order and security will be restored if it weren’t for those who don’t look like us or don’t sound like us or don’t pray like we do, that’s an old playbook. It’s as old as time. And in a healthy democracy it doesn’t work. Our antibodies kick in, and people of goodwill from across the political spectrum call out the bigots and the fearmongers, and work to compromise and get things done and promote the better angels of our nature.”

—Barack Obama