Preparing for the Worst

A few years ago I was talking to an Israeli historian then teaching at a prestigious American university. She told me she was returning to Israel. Knowing her activism against the occupation, I asked if she saw any prospect for ending her country’s descent into even deeper injustice. She said she saw none. She said she felt like an abolitionist in 1820. And yet she returned. This July 4th, that’s how I feel about the United States.

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