When we can no longer count on shared frameworks, we lose something important. Certain social trends—globalization, population growth, technological advancement, disaffection with society’s institutions, and other factors—lead to the proliferation of sentiments and ideas that make it hard to retain adherence to common sources of information and knowledge.
There is so much, well, crap, out there to read, to listen to, or to watch. And big media, particularly legacy media such as ABC and CNN and the other bigs before the internet, likes to focus on the crap. Drama sells and news media is no novice at marketing by mud slinging or out-headlining the competition. (Google “Hearst Pulitzer Remember the Maine” for the quintessential example.)
It also stood as a stark — and deliberate — contrast with how the Republicans are handling a parallel situation in Alabama, where Roy Moore, their candidate for U.S. Senate in next week’s special election, is accused by women of pursuing them when they were teenagers and he was in his 30s.
Other religions have done the same, and even those systems professing atheism — in itself a dogma — have done a pretty good job of slaughtering. One need only recall the Terror during the French Revolution, or the fate of the Mensheviks at the hands of the Bolsheviks in the early USSR, or the killing fields of Cambodia under Pol Pot, to name just a few examples.
It is true — as their detractors say — that the Christian divergences from a single root source are extreme, and that Christians have historically gone to war with other Christians over doctrinal differences and have slaughtered a great many of their co-religionists. And they have slaughtered and oppressed members of other religions, too. But that is not because they are Christians. It is because they are human beings. As Humpty Dumpty says in Alice in Wonderland, “The question is — who is to be master?” That is one …
n was t…2 months. I open What Happened with a quote from Harriet Tubman that has always meant a lot to me: “If you are tired, keep going. If you are scared, keep going. If you are hungry, keep going. If you want to taste freedom, keep going.” One of my biggest fears after the election was that the 65.8 million Americans who supported me wo…
The liberal world order rejected the principles that led to two world wars — ethno-nationalism, spheres of influence, and imperialism — and replaced it with a system based on universal values, human rights, rule of law, and national sovereignty. This order did not occur by accident; it was the result of tireless efforts to build its foundation and advance the values that secured it. We must now fight vigorously to defend that order against the chaos that threatens its very existence.