In thread comments elsewhere, I’ve been refrencing a book – maybe as important a book as I’ve read in our recent tumultuous partisan years. The book is Ill Fares the Land by the late Tony Judt. The cover blurb says “Something is profoundly wrong with the way we think about how we should live today.” He disdains the nihilistic individualism celebrated by the Far Right. He asks all the questions many of us think but lack the language to articulate. It’s a serious, thoughtful and terrific book.
This stood out for me – about language and how both the media and the left lack it. We all hear the tired anthem of how our ‘freedoms are under attack’, apparently from liberals, Democrats, those who would dare to share. Judt reminds us just what freedom actually means:
Freedom consists in retaining our right to disagree with the state’s purposes and express our own objections and goals without fear of retribution.
So simple. And the left has not even bothered to frame a response.