Yeah, That’s the Ticket


Even though I’m not around as much lately, I’m always looking for cool stuff to share with you all. This article by Slate’s Dahlia Lithwick actually caused me to tear up a little (probably just a hormone thing, but I do agree with the sentiment). She’s talking about how a collaborative writing project with someone with whom she disagreed politically was a healing experience that compared very favorably to the screeching “performance art” that passes for political discourse these days — and she includes her own work in this assessment. She touches on some themes that I have mentioned before, such as the deleterious effects of political balkanization. Now everyone join hands and sing a chorus of “Abraham, Martin and John” …


2 Responses to “Yeah, That’s the Ticket”

  1. juvenal_urbino Says:

    I haven’t had a chance to read the Slate article yet, but I hear where you’re coming from. It does seem like we’ve lost the ability to discuss opposing political positions in this country. I don’t know if we really have lost it — i.e., we used to be able to do it and now can’t — or if we’ve pretty much never had it. It’d be interesting to find out.

    Anyway, communication requires some minimal set of shared ideas. Maybe we’re fragmenting to the point that we’re starting to bump up against that lower limit.

  2. Al Sturgeon Says:

    If all would please refrain from rolling his or her eyes, I read the article and thought about Jesus. How the cycle of violence/rage/hatred spirals downward, and how any solution has to step out of that mileiu (sp?)and consider the worth of the person with whom I am at odds.

    Thanks for sharing this, Sandi.

    I’ll try to get back in the posting game soon.

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