The United States as a Mass-Killing Machine
Life in a Wounded and Wounding Land
De-mining America After The Donald
Do I sound extreme? I damn well hope so. We’re in a gridlocked, post-election moment of previously unimaginable extremity in an increasingly over-armed, ever more divided country…
It was summer almost half a century ago when I got into that Volkswagen van and began my trip across country with Peter, a photographer friend. I was officially doing so as a reporter for a small San Francisco news service, having been sent out to tap the mood of the nation in a politically fraught moment.
Donald Trump has been a master of carnage in a way no one could have imagined.
Since [Trump] is, in his own fashion, a parody of everything: a politician, a Republican, an autocrat, even a human being, he sums up in some extreme (if eerily satiric) fashion human efforts to destroy our way of life in these years. In truth, fiery and furiously fueled, he’s a historic cloud of smoke and ash over us all.
Let’s just hope that, when it comes to creating a better world out of such a god-awful mess, the generations that follow us prove better at it than mine did.
For those I’ll be leaving behind, my children and grandchildren in particular, this just wasn’t the world I ever wanted them to inherit.
In an ongoing gesture of self-destruction, humanity has been tapping what might be thought of as Pyromaniacs, Incorporated, to run the world.
As the Flames Began to Rise, the Arsonists Appeared. As Notre Dame burned, as the flames leapt from its roof of ancient timbers, many of us watched in grim horror. Hour after … Continue reading →