THURSDAY, JUNE 14, 2018
Numb for the past thirty years: We’re sorry to pick on Dahlia Lithwick, who, we’re completely sure, is a very nice person.
We’ve avoided citing her despairing essays in the past few months. But this sort of thing never stops, and yes, it is instructive.
In this new, featured piece at Slate, Lithwick says we’re all going numb. This is the way her essay starts, despairing headlines included:
LITHWICK (6/14/18): It’s All Too Much, and We Still Have to Care/
What’s going on at the border is horrifying, but we can’t go numb and turn away.
As a purely descriptive matter, it’s surely true: We are all going numb. As Donald Trump makes war with Canada and peace with dictators and human rights abusers, the narrative is that everyone’s lost all feeling. Polls show the public believes that Trump paid off a porn star, and they don’t care. They believe that he
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