Shipping up to Boston

M2D Newsletter (7/12/18)

I’m a sailor peg and I’ve lost my leg, climbing up the topsails, I’ve lost my leg!!!!!!!

Whoops, sorry about that. I was just getting into character because I’m shipping up to Boston in a few hours. I’ll be talking about Monsters to Destroy as part of an improv show tonight at ImprovBoston before delivering M2D at the same theater on Sunday evening.

If you’re in Boston or know anyone in Boston, first of all, my condolences. I know it’s tough to have to cheat to win championships. Second, please spread the word about the show! I promise to only mention Tom Brady’s $200 cookbook once…

…because there are more important things to focus on. Recent reports suggest that the status of refugees entering the U.S. is even more disheartening than the Patriots’ hegemony.

Based on new data, Pew Research found that last year, the U.S. resettled fewer refugees than the rest of the world combined for the first time since 1980: 33,000 in the U.S. vs. 97,000 elsewhere. In total, the world resettled 103,000 refugees in 2017, down from 189,000 in 2016.

Meanwhile, the global refugee population increased by 2.75 million and reached a record 19.9 million in 2017. As I mention in M2D, the U.S. has led the way in resettling refugees since its shameful treatment of Jewish refugees during World War II, including, we now know, of Anne Frank’s family.

Still, I’ve seen glimmers of hope. For instance, a new crop of children’s and young adult books sympathetic to refugees is selling surprisingly well. “It is a real desire on the part of authors, illustrators and publishers to respond to the crisis in a way that is proactive and helpful,” and show that, like former Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez, refugees are not as threatening as people make them out to be.

Man, the Boston show is going to go really well.

The story on refugee literature reminds me of the importance of taking the long view, if we can.

Yes, sadly, the number of refugees will likely continue to go do down and the number of policies detrimental to our security, rights, and morals will likely continue to increase, but eventually a new guard, more in touch with pragmatism and humanity, will take the reins.

I hope they have a suggestion or two for how to put bitter rivalries behind them.

Patriots suck!
Ben