Strife-ridden societies aren't furnished with peaceful town squares. I'm talking about my girls and me sitting in the dirty corner of a church, creating a temporary space from scratch with our presence.
Students are rightfully angry at what is going on in this country where they can spend $200,000 on college and still be unable to find a job. It's about time for institutions of higher education to rethink their role in our economy and our society.
This weekend I was in New York for a State Department Panel entitled, "Youth Driving Change: Global Youth and Civic Engagement." The event itself was just as amazing as the story behind it -- one that is still developing.
To members of our Department of Homeland Security and to police officers in cities across this country, I say that these young people now gathering for peaceful demonstrations in our communities are not your enemy.
Why are kids in America so calm in the face of a stalled economy, stalemated government, college loans and dim job prospects? Or are they just numb? Their passivity seems to mirror the traits of the characters featured in Hollywood's recent movies.
Earthquakes are caused by seismic ruptures deep inside the Earth, set off by the forces of plate tectonics. There's not a lot we can do about that. Climate change, on the other hand, we know we can do something about.
You won't find the most troubling "moral breakdown" in London among its youth. It reveals itself in every humiliating police search, every shuttered youth club, every corruption scandal ingrained in a political structure that walls off ordinary people.