Dark Times

This weekend, I’m attending the annual Frontiers of Democracy conference, which this year is themed around “the politics of discontent.”

I’m afraid it’s a timely theme.

17,410,742 people just had a profound and long-term impact on European politics and global economic markets.

535 people in the U.S. Congress can’t get anything done.

In his thoughtful opening remarks, Peter Levine quoted Bertolt Brecht:

Truly I live in dark times!
A sincere word is folly. A smooth forehead
Indicates insensitivity. If you’re laughing,
You haven’t heard
The bad news yet.
What are these times, when
A conversation about trees is almost a crime
Because it implies silence about so many misdeeds,
When, if you’re calmly crossing the street,
It means your friends can’t reach you
Who are in need?

There is so much work to be done.



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