Too gorgeous a line not to highlight

Ta-Nehisi Coates, on the difference between professionals and mere ideologues [ahem]:

I’m an unabashed lefty. But I understand the difference between my liberal beliefs, and the tools I need to do my job. Being pro-choice is a statement of who I am, and is part of my world-view. But a writer confusing his belief system with the trade of reporting and word herding, is a soldier confusing his flag for his sidearm.

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