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Fri Nov 8, 2019, 12:02 PM

3. This is deep and deserves a response.

Not just an off-the-top of the head kind of response but something well-considered. I have discussions about this a lot with my mother as we vacillate between wanting to take the high road and respond in kind. We've never decided on an answer. This discussion also reminds me of why I fell out of love with Chris Hedges critiques of modern liberalism. He's someone I respect highly and used to revere, but I'm seeing his works, like The Death of the Liberal Class, through the eyes of your post as an attack from left of left and now it makes sense why he could criticize us but never really gave us advice on how to fix what was, in his opinion, broken, other to move further left (I guess) and never resort to violence of any kind. (And his confusing critiques of movements like Occupy.)

I will probably never satisfy myself that I know how to respond to the lawlessness and disrespect for the truth we're surrounded by right now. Maybe observing the process that unfolds over the next year will show us what the answer is. In the meantime, your post and others like it do animate deep reflection.

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