Freedom in America

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Nine African-American men and women are dead because a racist 21-year-old thought “they” were taking his country away from him. These events in America are beyond commonplace. It’s just a matter of time before the next one happens. The reactions, from the left and right, are painfully predictable.

I’m reminded of a line from Jill Lepore’s fascinatingly depressing feature Battleground America:

When carrying a concealed weapon for self-defense is understood not as a failure of civil society, to be mourned, but as an act of citizenship, to be vaunted, there is little civilian life left.

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