One hundred years ago, Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. first explained that mass democracies are free markets of political ideas. Don’t let the government suppress dissent, he argued, even in time of war. Only a free marketplace can sift good policies from bad.
I was in the 6th or 7th grade (1964?) when I asked Nana, who left Connemara in the 1920s, “Why did you come to America?”
“To eat,” she replied.
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People like Nikki Haley and Lindsay Graham tell us that the battles are over. The New South has thoroughly taken root and flourished, like a gigantic live oak, and we all enjoy its shade, sipping sweet tea together. There is no New Jim Crow.
The Grinch here is not diabetes. It is not dialysis. It’s Nikki Haley.
So how does the sheet balance on climate change? On the one hand, we’ve got Charleston’s cataclysmic public cost of dealing with the rising Atlantic. And Miami. And Brooklyn. And Boston. And D. C. And the Outer Banks. On the other, we “have to understand” that doing something is “going to cost our companies.”
And so, as I have heard many ask since Wednesday morning, what is one to do? How is one to respond? Where does one find hope?
I have two initial suggestions
The camp is rustic but well organized with a central kitchen that seems to operate 18 hours a day. There is a school. There is no alcohol, drugs or firearms allowed in the camp, and while there is some beautiful drumming and chanting in the evenings(the entire endeavor is considered a ceremony), it is very quiet by 10:00. It is a very peaceful and spiritual community.