There is a strong quote from the early 20th Century that illustrates how economics and politics are inseparable. It goes something like this: “The worst illiterate is the political illiterate. He (the political illiterate) doesn’t hear, speak, or participate in political events. He doesn’t know that the cost of life, the price of food, rent, shoes, and medicine all depends on political decisions. The political illiterate is so stupid that he brags about how much he hates politics. He doesn’t know that from his political ignorance is born the prostitute, the abandoned child, and the worst thief of all, the bad (corrupt) politician…”
While I believe people and organizations that are locked into partisan politics do themselves and their members a disservice – avoiding politics altogether is worse. Being non-partisan means that you don’t have an automatic bias or affiliation with one political party over another, which is good, but it is not the same as being apolitical, which means that you don’t participate in political discourse at all. You can be non-partisan and still voice your political preferences. At NAHREP, we value members who are politically active. We need strong representation at the highest levels of both parties. We need influence regardless of who is in power, and you don’t get that by being apolitical. The Jewish community is a great case study. They may disagree amongst each other on many things politically, but when it comes to the things that really matter, such as prosperity, education, and civil rights, they tend to be pretty well-aligned with one another. We need to borrow a chapter from that book.
Over the last few weeks, I have had the opportunity to speak at the T3 Conference in Florida…I surprised the audience when I explained how the issue of diversity has been framed incorrectly, and has for the most part alienated the business community.
Elon Musk dropped by the Real Time with Bill Maher show recently for an interview with the host. Maher, who considers himself a liberal is an obvious fan of the CEO of Tesla and Space X. The centerpiece of their conversation was their discussion regarding what Musk called the “woke mind virus” or what I prefer to call “cancel culture”.
People sometimes get me wrong. They think that because I talk a lot about giving back and living modestly, I must not care about money. On the contrary, I care a lot about money because I understand how our system works.