The pro-democracy forces in the US are at least a two-thirds majority. We need to act like one.
It’s interesting to look back on things you wrote years ago and see how well they withstand the test of time. Thoughts I shared with the Democratic Town Committee in August 2015:
People who I’m pretty sure like the direction Sanders says he wants to take the country are throwing in early for Clinton. I’m not sure why.
A fellow committee member posted the following to the listserv:
Here is a link to a blog by a friend I trust on political issues… This one about Hillary.
Doug is a thoughtful person. I shared my take on his post:
“Practicing good epistemological hygiene requires that one seek out perspectives that challenge one’s own.”
– Seth Cotlar
I try to do that. The perspectives that challenge my own and hold up to scrutiny are much more often from my left than from my right.
From a review of Carlos Lozada’s book, A Brief Intellectual History of the Trump Era:
Messing around with the notion of truth is a luxury that comes with affluence. We have spent the past 50 years undermining the basic institutions of society — not just our sense of common purpose and identity, but also normative values like truth and duty and expertise. The politics of consumerism — and grievance — have overwhelmed the politics of unity and responsibility. Among Lozada’s favorite books is the conservative thinker Yuval Levin’s “A Time to Build”: “Popular culture compels us to ask: ‘What do I want?’ Institutions urge a different query, Levin explains: ‘Given my role here, how should I act?’