Selections (2)

A periodic roundup of selected political opinion and social commentary, reflecting the political values of liberalism and the ethical values of Buddhism.

Vol 2, No 2 ……… January 18th, 2021

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New Yorker editor David Remnick argues convincingly that Donald Trump and his many enablers bear full responsibility for the disgraceful and unlawful assault on the nation’s Capitol …

“Once the Capitol was cleared, the solemn assurances that ‘this is not who we are’ began. The attempt at self-soothing after such a traumatic event is understandable, but it is delusional. Was Charlottesville not who we are? Did more than seventy million people not vote for the Inciter-in-Chief? Surely, these events are part of who we are, part of the American picture. To ignore those parts, those features of our national landscape, is to fail to confront them. The millions of Americans who understood this Presidency from its first day as a national emergency, a threat to domestic and global security, can be excused for finding it curious that so many are now taking the exit ramp for the road to Damascus three years and fifty weeks later. How surprising can Trump’s recent provocation be when for years he has served as an inspiration to bigots everywhere, to damaged souls plotting to mail pipe bombs to journalists and to kidnap the governor of Michigan? This dawning of conscience is as bewitching as it is belated.”

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2021/01/18/the-inciter-in-chief?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=onsite-share&utm_brand=the-new-yorker&utm_social-type=earned

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#1 – New York Times opinion columnist Jennifer Senior describes the predictably disastrous end to Trump’s presidency …

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#2 – New York Times opinion columnist Michelle Goldberg describes the inevitable violent ending to Trump’s presidency …

Selections (1) … formerly “Current Comment”

A periodic roundup of selected political opinion and social commentary, reflecting the political values of liberalism and the ethical values of Buddhism.

Vol 2, No 1 ……… January 2nd, 2021

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FEATURED SELECTION:

New Yorker staff writer Adam Gopnik contends that we should focus less attention on the question of why democracies fail, and more on understanding why autocracies flourish …

“We are told again and again that American democracy is in peril and may even be on its deathbed. Today, after all, a defeated yet deranged President bunkers in the White House contemplating crazy conspiracy theories and perhaps even martial law, with the uneasy consent of his party and the rabid support of his base. We are then told, with equal urgency, that what is wrong, ultimately, is deep [and] systemic. Lurking behind all of this is a faulty premise—that the descent into authoritarianism is what needs to be explained, when the reality is that . . . it always happens. The default condition of humankind is not to thrive in broadly egalitarian and stable democratic arrangements that get unsettled only when something happens to unsettle them. The default condition of humankind, traced across thousands of years of history, is some sort of autocracy.”

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2021/01/04/what-we-get-wrong-about-americas-crisis-of-democracy?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=onsite-share&utm_brand=the-new-yorker&utm_social-type=earned

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ADDITIONAL SELECTIONS:

#1 – New York Times opinion columnist Michelle Goldberg examines Donald Trump’s legacy of destruction …

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#2 – An insightful panel discussion on “How the pandemic has exposed America’s deep divide” from the PBS NewsHour …

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/how-the-pandemic-has-exposed-americas-deep-divide

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#3 – New Yorker staff writer John Cassidy with some thoughts on how we might avoid another dangerous and disastrous presidency like Trump’s …

https://www.newyorker.com/news/our-columnists/the-next-big-challenge-trump-proofing-the-presidency

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