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In OtherWords: January 10, 2018

Oprah for president? Maybe that's missing the point.


Oprah for president? Some fans of the media mogul’s Golden Globes speech, which lifted up generations of women that have resisted racism and sexual assault, are already calling for a 2020 bid.

Maybe they’re missing the point, Razan Azzarkani argues this week in OtherWords.

What made Oprah’s speech powerful, Razan explains, is that she used her celebrity to give a voice to the voiceless. The next step in the fight against sexism and abuse is to listen to more voiceless women, not simply to glorify more celebrities.

Meanwhile, Jill Richardson tackles the uproar over the president’s mental health. Should psychiatrists revisit their policy of not speculating on public figures’ mental aptitude? Maybe it’s time, she says.

Also this week, Josh Hoxie looks at the country younger folks are inheriting from the Boomer generation and concludes it might be time for new stewards. And Jim Hightower explains the link between public policy and the middle class.

Finally, Khalil Bendib suggests that while Jeff Sessions may not like marijuana, he’s part of an administration that’s left a lot of people wanting to take the edge off.


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  1. Hollywood Won’t Destroy Sexism, But We Can / Razan Azzarkani
    The solution isn’t for Oprah to run for president. It’s to listen to women everywhere.
  2. Move Along, Baby Boomers / Josh Hoxie
    In the face of countless crises, it’s time for the next generation to lead.
  3. Rethinking the ‘Goldwater Rule’ / Jill Richardson
    Is it ever appropriate for mental health professionals to diagnose a politician from afar? Maybe.
  4. The Rise and Fall of America’s Middle Class / Jim Hightower
    The middle class was built by movements — and can be rebuilt by movements.
  5. Putting the Heat on What Takes the Edge Off / Khalil Bendib
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Peter Certo is the editorial manager of the Institute for Policy Studies and the editor of OtherWords.org.