I sincerely and greatly commend Max Boot and others like him for being so philosophically courageous as to face this situation honestly and follow the truth wherever it led them, regardless of how painful, isolating, disorienting, and lonely it might have been. They set a crucial example for others regardless of their political or social beliefs.
Ex-UN chief Ban Ki-moon says US healthcare system is ‘morally wrong’
Kudos to Ban Ki-moon for having the courage to step forward and say something like this.
One thing I will question is why the rest of the Western world was seemingly so absent from public condemnations of events and policies in the USA that preceded or directly resulted in this situation. I do champion diplomacy and have the deepest respect for those who engage in it. However it is also necessary and healthy to be brave and principled enough to bite the hand that feeds you when the other hand is beating you or someone else. At some point you become complicit via inaction.
I’ll take this perfect opportunity to say how disappointed I am about however one would describe this situation with Colin Kaepernick and Nike.
Yes, selling out is actually a thing. It never went away. And it has always had the same significance.
Pop culture for decades seems to have decidedly and wholeheartedly endorsed selling out, cashing in, etc., making it seem okay or even necessary. Well it’s not. Almost nothing is absolutely necessary.
Everything you do is a vote. Perhaps the most meaningful votes these days involve how you spend your money. When you spend your money on a product or service you are not merely conducting a transaction. You are materially supporting the ability of the entity with which you are conducting commerce to sustain itself.
Nihilism, dropping out, loss of direction, square…
I thought this comment was particularly poignant:
It seems like to most Americans the only relevant question is which one of these sides is the winner, or should be the winner, or was the winner. In actuality that question is practically irrelevant. A more relevant question would be how did we end up like this? How did we come to accept a public forum where incongruities such as these are tolerated and allowed to exist at all?