Bedrock Values

(New Yorker::Daily Comment) – Adam Gopnik:

Relying on the occasional good moods of the autocrat or saying soothing things about how he doesn’t really mean it – look, he pays the mortgage! – is exactly how desperate families reconcile themselves to abusive fathers. It would be nice to buy the more benevolent view. What rational person wants to live in a time of perpetual crisis? But, try as one might, no reasonable person can. For to buy in is to buy into blindness; it is to pretend that a good policy (or a good man) can have a poisonous wrapping, and that a toxin known too well to history will this time somehow dissolve harmlessly, all on its own. It won’t. …

newyorker failing-not-to-fear




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