The body politic

While conservatives form the party of death, liberals perform palliative care, providing comfort but little more to the exploited. They apply salves such as Obamacare, DACA, the Paris climate accord, and talk in soothing tones of equality and inclusion. But the former band-aids hardly take the sting out of the vicious inequalities inflicted by the concentration of wealth, and the latter show of sympathy belies the unwillingness to fight for true, socioeconomic equality. We seem to have given up the progressive hope for recovery of American public life, resigned to acceptance of power imposed from above rather than shared by people in common. But if we pay attention, we may sense tremors of life rumbling below.



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