“The idealization of the history of America and the founders is something that’s happened in politics all along. They were fascinating people—brilliant men, political geniuses, and men of complexity. But they were also men of their time who held very blinkered views of women, and African Americans and most other races. There’s a tendency to—whatever side you’re on, the founding fathers are on the same side. That can be a dangerous way of thinking. People tend to take their names in vain and ignore what makes them interesting and complex.”
— Ken Levine
, astute political writer and creator of excellent video games.
“I asked what a teacher’s salary was. $100 per month. So I went to an ATM and bought them a second teacher for the next year.”
“But I’ve never seen the Icarus story as a lesson about the limitations of humans. I see it as a lesson about the limitations of wax as an adhesive.”