I’ve spent a fair number of years in political activism, have written a reasonable amount and have even published a few things here and there. However, in my old age I have been increasingly tempted by the prospect of simply tending my own garden, leaving politics to another generation.
And yet, the world is too interesting a place – especially today – to retire from quite so soon. The established order is in crisis and the relative political stasis of the past decades, with its narrowly restricted window of allowable political discourse, seems to be giving way – although to what is still unclear.
The populist revolts from both the right and left are challenging the elite’s existing political-ideological dominance here in the US and abroad. Regardless of what you think of it, the rise of the Trump candidacy and in particular its success in the face of nearly unanimous elite opposition makes almost anything seem possible.
Now is not the time for silence.