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There are some libertarians who are really anarchists, but others are more concerned about the distant relationship between themselves and power. They mistakenly think they want to get rid of government when instead they might just want to have greater access to power. — Zephyr Teachout

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The two national powers that dominated the colonies, France and Britain, represented two different models of corruption. Britain was seen as a failed ideal. It was corrupted republic, a place where the premise of government was basically sound but civic virtue - that of the public and public officials - was degenerating. On the other hand, France was seen as more essentially corrupt, a nation in which there was no true polity, but instead exchanges of luxury for power; a nation populated by weak subjects and flattering courtiers. Britain was the greater tragedy, because it held the promise of integrity, whereas France was simply something of a civic cesspool. — Zephyr Teachout

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People think that the politician is just part of a system, and whether they're lying or not doesn't matter. — Zephyr Teachout

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My current goal is to change the way we think about antitrust and anti-monopoly. — Zephyr Teachout

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I think part of the reason the Tea Party has resonated is that people feel disempowered. The Tea Party says, "You are out of power because of big government." Then some Democrats tend to respond by saying, "No, you're wrong, you're not out of power." It's a sense that doesn't resonate with people's lived experience. — Zephyr Teachout

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Having more candidates come with a creative and artistic sensibility would actually bring more people out to vote. — Zephyr Teachout

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A combination of working in politics as well as teaching and being [an actor] certainly helped. I became so much more comfortable in front of a crowd. I felt like I was calling on all those other experiences. — Zephyr Teachout

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What I see increasingly is that companies are playing political roles. We should actually have our research and our laws map that. — Zephyr Teachout

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I don't have any particular plans in mind. What I see is that you can become so focused on the idea of running that winning becomes your motivation, as opposed to what you stand for being your motivation. — Zephyr Teachout

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History is a series of mistakes. Now the task is to plan for those mistakes so those of us who are populists can actually take over the reins of power when the right mistakes are made. — Zephyr Teachout

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In Europe, populism is sort of a dirty word, but we have this wonderful history of populism in America, including the abolitionist populists and the white and black populists working together in the nineteenth century. — Zephyr Teachout

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I think about people and events in terms of archetypes a lot. — Zephyr Teachout

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If you think art is a competitive forum, then you're going to stop doing it if you're not good. But if it's not competitive, it's something that you'll keep doing. — Zephyr Teachout

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You can have very big local government. By big, I mean very engaged government. Do you measure it in terms of the number of laws? Number of employees? You could make arguments for either one. I tend to think the axis of the size of government is the wrong concern. But I do think that situating power more locally is a legitimate approach. — Zephyr Teachout

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You can't just provide power, you also need public education. — Zephyr Teachout

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A lot of politics plays at the level of myth, and if you understand that, then you feel like you have access to the secret language of politics. — Zephyr Teachout

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It's a lot harder to push forward things, like energy policy. There's a big dream out there about wind and solar power. — Zephyr Teachout

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Oftentimes people get it wrong when they say we need to educate voters first and then give them power. I tend to favor giving them power first. — Zephyr Teachout

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Because jurors have an extraordinary amount of power over the situation and of the people and the story in front of them, they tend to pay pretty intense attention to what's happening. — Zephyr Teachout

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Creativity is essential to any kind of joyful living. Sometimes I act, sometimes I draw, I paint, I write poems. I can't imagine living without it. — Zephyr Teachout

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I'm not from the arts, I'm a law professor. But I think we need more poetry in politics. — Zephyr Teachout

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I think a lot of the reason people are attracted to the Keystone pipeline is because at least we're doing something. There's a fear that society will collapse if it's not acting. To contrast those actions with other actions is important in making it feel plausible. Maybe we must have the size of the dream meet the size of the threat. — Zephyr Teachout

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Public education is so important - resisting privatization and charterization, high-stakes testing, and defunding. It's important for New York, but it's also important for the country. — Zephyr Teachout

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Things poll well, but people don't believe that politicians are telling the truth. Politicians might mention renewable energy, and the public will think, "That sounds good, but I don't believe they're going to do everything they can to build those towers." — Zephyr Teachout

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I tend to be a kind of left federalist. There's a value to more power of certain kinds being positioned at a more local level. — Zephyr Teachout

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There is a long American tradition of suspicion of concentrated economic power because of its tendency to corrupt government and turn it from a democracy into a plutocracy. — Zephyr Teachout

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Integrity is hard work. I do think the Internet makes it harder because of the temptations of performance. You can perform and have integrity, but it's easier just to perform. — Zephyr Teachout

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New York City is one of the most vulnerable cities in the world to climate change, so I see Keystone as the central threat to New York. — Zephyr Teachout

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As a school board member, I might have particular views about the ways we might increase the economics curriculum in a local high school, but I'm not sure I should mandate that for the entire country. — Zephyr Teachout

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I think the reason you see so many people dropping out of politics is because there's an anti-poetic strain in modern political discourse. — Zephyr Teachout

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I tend to think that knowledge is preceded by power instead of the other way around. — Zephyr Teachout

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I think that most people have deeply creative sensibilities. — Zephyr Teachout

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What happens in New York affects national policy in very significant ways. — Zephyr Teachout

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People respond to political characters in archetypal ways. A fun game is to think of a politician and ask, "Which god is that? Are they like Aries? Are they like Athena?" — Zephyr Teachout

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I feel much more comfortable in politics than I did in book writing. Book writing is so hard. Politics felt easy compared to that. — Zephyr Teachout