A supremely influential text on Christian non-violence that sits behind much of the best theological thinking of our age, this book also seemed eerily relevant reading it as Thessaloniki rioted and America continued its decline.
For example, it is not true in an unqualified sense that the person on top of the social pile is powerful. Such a person is very often the prisoner of the intrigues and “deals” whereby he has reached that position, and of the consensus he is attempting to maintain. Often the bargains he needed to make to get into the office are the very reasons why, once firmly established there, he is not in the position anymore to help those truly in need – for whose sake he first sought to achieve power.
That quote will more than suffice for my take on the great James Fallows article in this month’s Atlantic:
Your Correspondent, Can’t start the day without that fresh from the circus feeling