Friday, March 10, 2017

Another cruelest month

Not sure how these fellows - spotted at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden on Wednesday - are faring under the newest snowfall. Somehow the return of snow, when we'd already started to sense the arrival of Spring, feels like the creeping awareness that, although it should be collapsing under the weight of its own turpitude, the Republican onslaught continues. Somehow I'm also remembering Judith Shklar's insistence that what defined liberalism, and distinguished it especially from religious alternatives, was "putting cruelty first" - that is, seeing it as "the worst thing." The White House, its secretaries and its congressional lackeys seems to traffic in cruelty, as a means and even as an end. 

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