Monday, August 14, 2017


"For decades, elites have been using the power of shock to impose nightmares. Donald Trump thinks he'll be able to do it again and again---that we will have forgotten by tomorrow what he said yesterday (which he will say he never said); that we will be overwhelmed by events, and will ultimately scatter, surrender, and let him grab whatever he wants.

But crises, as we have seen, do not always cause societies to regress and give up. There is also a second option---that, faced with a grave common threat, we can choose to come together and make an evolutionary leap. We can choose, as the Rev. William Barber puts it, "to be the moral defibrillators of our time and shock the heart of this nation and build a movement of resistance and hope and justice and love." We can, in other words, surprise the hell out of ourselves---by being united, focused, and determined."

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