Even though we find ourselves on the outer shoals of a few fallen empires, living a rather bubble existence in the midst of a chaotic nation, we do feel that recent world events, from Madison to al-Manāma, merit a brief comment.
As our regular readers know, I used to be a history teacher in Brooklyn. At the end of most years I’d ask my students to consider a thought experiment by way of review. I’d ask them, knowing what they now knew, what side they’d choose to be on in the moral struggles that defined American history. I’d ask them directly, “Would you have chosen to be on the side of resistance to brutality or the side that imposed brutal order? Would you prefer to have trudged alongside brother and sister on the Trail of Tears, or have been a paid centurion, hustling the old and infirm to uncertainty, depredation and death? Would you prefer to have received the lash or given it on the plantation? Would you prefer to have been a striking miner shot