These questions are not original; nor do they invite easy conclusions. But the fact that they often seem to be missing from the conversation concerns me.
If reparations are a step, they are a step in the wrong direction.
To the extent that I am a conservative, I want to conserve conversation; if we lose respectful disagreement, we lose the foundation of our freedom.
The more I explored San Juan, the more I noticed the frustrations lying beneath the vibrant surface.
Most of all, it is necessary to set out a positive vision for liberal democracy: one that can speak to people’s distrust of the so-called establishment.
"The more I explored San Juan, the more I noticed the frustrations that lay beneath the vibrant surface."
Changes in consciousness produce changes in culture. Although we often think of politics and economics as the primary ways to create social change, our drug habits do so too, starting from the level of the individual.
If we study the genius of Ibn Rushd and Gandhi in the same departments that we do Douglass and Dickens, we might realize that all of these works have more to say to our lives than we think.