This guy is great.
Harry Leslie Smith is deeply disturbed at how democracy has become endangered. He’s convinced young people can be the planet’s salvation – and he’s reaching out to them one podcast at a time
“We are at a dangerous crossroads for society and democracy,” Mr. Smith said…“I believe the world is in just as dangerous a state as it was when I was a teen, watching democracy dissolve all across Europe.”
He was having a bit of trouble catching his breath, and paused before his next sentence: “That’s why I’m starting a podcast.”
Harry lives part of each year in Britain and the other part in Canada.
His podcast is called Harry’s Last Stand.
Mr. Smith’s podcast was increasingly filled with the distress and frustration of a 94-year-old man who felt he was shouting into the wind. But then, by the time he recorded the sixth episode, there was an astonishing change in the political mood. The Tories’ shoo-in collapsed as the result of a calamitous campaign. Mr. Smith recorded one final exhortation to the young people of Britain: “You can stop this, like my generation did when we were young and our future lay before us like the outline of a New World seen from a sailor’s spyglass.”
You may remember Harry, actually. He was pictured in Calais back in January, 2016 when he wanted to bring attention to all of the refugees there.
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This was Harry a few days after the latest UK election:
“I’m elated,” Mr. Smith says. “It was young people who put us in this position where we finally have the chance to change Britain. I’ve spoken to young people in schools and universities across England for the past many years, but I never got that sense of awakening that I did this time.”
Thank you Harry.
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May you all have a wonderful Sunday!!