What is liberalism to you?
Liberalism is a principle that, at bottom, acknowledges truths that seem dichotomous but are in fact complementary: that each of us is at once an individual human being and also inextricably tied to and reflected by all others through our common humanity. Liberalism is the recognition that these truths compel us to respect the rights of the individual in order to produce a healthy collective, and go on to achieve moral and social progress.
Who are you?
At my core I am a storyteller. I have been writing and crafting stories since I could lift a crayon, and have spent the bulk of my life finding ways to use my skills and sensibilities to communicate with others, or to help them communicate with one another.
Whether it’s through music, photography, fiction, poetry, or persuasive essays, my goal has always been to tell people a story—about me, about them, about us—in a way that is compelling and, hopefully, as enriching and inspiring to them as so much art has been for me.
In short, I am someone with an intense desire to use their powers for good, who wants to leave the world a little better than how he found it.
What do you do?
I think, I listen, I read, I write, I speak, I perform, I express, I entertain, I craft, I collaborate, I cheerlead, and I hope.
Favorite book: One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Márquez
Favorite animal: Humans
Favorite color: Green
Favorite song: “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen
Favorite food: Caribbean
Favorite place to visit: Somewhere I’ve never been
ILV Selected Publications
3 Tips for Having Difficult Conversations, Idealist, June 26, 2020
Civility Isn’t Weakness—It’s How We Win, Quillette, July 14, 2023
Race Bating | Stepping Back from the Edge of Hate, Label Me Latino, Spring 2020
Words Don’t Hurt, Ideas Do, Areo Magazine, February 11, 2020
Stop Calling Me ‘White’ For Having the Wrong Opinions, Newsweek Opinion, August 30, 2021
Representation matters. We need to do it right, Foundation Against Intolerance & Racism, May 11, 2022
Frederick Douglass didn’t hate America, and neither should you, Foundation Against Intolerance & Racism, July 4, 2022
DEI can be a good thing, but it often isn’t, Foundation Against Intolerance & Racism, August 22, 2022
The legacy of Malcolm X should be change, not hatred, Foundation Against Intolerance & Racism, May 19, 2023
*You can find more from Angel at angeleduardo.com.