We have some time here before the shit truly hits the fan to gather our thoughts, get better informed, and make plans. Along those lines, here are a few things I’ll be reading over the next few weeks.
First, there’s Chris Arnade, whose work is mostly available at The Guardian. I recently tore into Arnade as one of the “Trump Whisperers.” My post got his background wrong, though I still stand by much of what I wrote, at least for now. I need to take a closer look at his work and see what I can learn. He’s been to some places I haven’t seen and I think he may have some answers.
Second, I’m trying to read Leo Strauss, though I’ll confess I’m finding it tough to penetrate. Strauss was a leading critic of ‘end of history’ thinking forty years before Francis Fukuyama made the phrase famous. Much of the thinking behind the Blue Wall thesis was inspired by my belief in Fukuyama’s interpretation of history. We can see how that turned out.
Strauss is often cited as the primary inspiration for the neo-conservatives, though I’ve yet to quite understand why. If anybody has insights on Strauss, I would welcome them.
Finally, I want to revisit some of the writings and especially the tactics of civil rights rights groups from the 50’s and 60’s. Across our entire history, their campaign for justice probably achieved more durable gains for minorities, women, and ultimately even LGBT groups than any other similar campaign. They are the gold standard. I want to understand what they did and what they were thinking at a much deeper level. We are going to need to understand how to resist an oppressive authority, even at a level of open violence, without losing our souls. The leaders of that movement seemed to understand how to do this.
Frequency of posts may decline for a while. Don’t worry about it. I’d encourage you though to keep up the conversation over at Off Topic.