On the political uses of evil
Elizabeth Bruenig

I think the use of the word “evil” isn’t as important as what we follow it up with. It seems like, in the past, we’ve retaliated against “evil” by waging war, enforcing further gun control, employing TSA, etc. It’s all been reactionary and it doesn’t actually make anything better. The evil is still there, bubbling up and looking for a new way to circumvent the systems we’ve built.

Instead, I’d like to see us start to address what happens before we reach the point of evil. What events, life circumstances, environmental factors, etc. led to the evil? Mounting tensions, silencing certain voices, lack of diplomacy, sticking our nose where it doesn’t belong? Are there any trends among what led to the evil, and are they things that we can address?

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