Finnegan continues, “This impulse and the pressure to be good immediately and all the time is sort of a problem. In a liberal world, our impulses to be good lends itself to a very specific kind of self-deception on which late capitalism thrives.”
Third, popular attention must focus less on whether we agree with what the government is doing, and more on whether the system of checks and balances we have in place is working. It is a much bigger deal that the DHS felt they could ignore a federal court than that Trump signed an EO blocking green card holders in the first place. It is a much bigger deal that Trump removed a permanent military presence from the NSC than that he issued a temporary stay on immigration. The immigration ban may be more viscerally upsetting, but the other moves are potentially far more dangerous.