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Politicians should trust in the people they hope to represent

Politicians should trust in the people they hope to represent

In the summer of 1971, I went to Chicago to train as an organizer at the Industrial Areas Foundation (I.A.F.), which was founded in 1940 by the late Saul Alinsky, a colorful personality who is widely regarded as the father of community organizing.

Of the many things he talked about during that training, he made two points that have stayed with me over the course of my 45-year career spent organizing in Baltimore and across the country.

The first point was his adamant stance against ideology, which he believed stood in the way of democracy. Ideology, he told us, blocked people from operating from their own ideas and interests. Ideology pre-supposes a world view and dismisses...

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