December 6, 2017:

Hill of the Pnyx.

Despite slavery, misogyny, violence: there's a joy here, a triumph even, because this is where that culture blossomed, and that culture is our revolutionary DNA.

Alcibiades, Pericles, Demosthenes, Aristides, the ekklesia. The equal right of every citizen to speak and be heard. Equality under the law, equality of every vote. Where public policy is decided publicly, in the open, both literally and effectively.

The Paris Commune, the soviets, the "community meetings" of the radical university which originally brought me here: democracy is our revolutionary DNA.