Myths follow power, but in the years after the Civil War many powers vied to dominate the American future. Artists like Whitman made choices that tipped the scales in this battle toward terrible ends.
In the end, we can help cement into place a new unifying mythology by making villains of those who fought for the old.
These kinds of transformations seldom have a long tail. They usually appear pyrrhic until they suddenly prevail. We may have far less time than we think to imagine what will replace white supremacy as our unifying mythology. And People sharing a space without a shared definition of “us” rarely share that space politely.
We’re on our way to Austin. Closed on our Chicago area home last Friday. Sticking around the area this week to tie up loose ends. It’s been a wild, tumultuous process that’s left little room to sit and think, much less write. Might still be a couple more weeks before …
We have relative progress on racial equity because that progress benefits powerful people. Recognize this pattern of interests and it can become a lever toward real progress.
It’s so nice to be bored by politics.
Here are a few of the more surprising things I’ve discovered.
Over the past few weeks I’ve stepped back from posting to hash through this question at length. The research has been fascinating and surprising.
By any reasonable estimate we will be a smaller country on Inauguration Day 2021 than we were on Election Day 2020.
I was getting ready to write this long piece about how the last few days’ events have affected me and my beloved. I was sitting down to type on this chilly Sunday afternoon in Texas when I logged in, saw that Chris had already written something so much better than …