I have to admit, because it’s the unfortunate truth, that I’ve been fairly apathetic for most of my life when it came to matters of politics or going-ons in the world. Then, one day, I just woke up. Everything about me sort of changed. Suddenly I cared, and I cared a lot.
I appreciate the moral clarity of this essay.
And thank you for your year-end review. I became a subscriber well into the year and missed many of the posts. I'll enjoy catching up and I look forward to reading what you write in 2024.
Great article! Politics is so much more than this-or-that election; it's about our society, our collective decisions, and the flourishing of human nature (as Aristotle would say). Human rights are universal, whether it's the Middle East or Eastern Europe.
Fine. Use the term if you must but please don't go all out and start with the blue hair.
Subject: "Your subscription has ended . . . Oh no, did we lose you? We’ll miss your company. Come back when you’re ready. There’s an empty chair waiting. "
What horseshit! Except the part about being empty -- as emptiness is all you people have to offer: Content creators who congratulate themselves for accomplishing absolutely nothing that moves America a millimeter in the the right direction. In fact, you're making matters worse with this charade that serves you while you pretend to serve others. You have no original ideas and no questions for those who do -- just like your audience. If you'd just stop talking and start listening -- you'd learn something for a change. But also like your audience, it's all a facade to present yourselves as something you are not. "Cabal of the Credentialed" is the faction for you: https://onevoicebecametwo.life/2023/11/3/cabal-of-the-credentialed/ And the The Substack Sector is the faction for them: https://onevoicebecametwo.life/2023/11/3/the-substack-sector/
If you could only imagine the the waste of it all. I wonder, would it even matter to you then?
What about home? What will you do for that?
Katherine, your clarity and honesty have always been an inspiration to me. You care more about truth than anyone I’ve come across in this whole community. I’ve never seen you let a bias get in the way of your quest for the facts, no matter where this may lead you. Thank you for being such an elegant person.
Hi Katherine - I enjoyed your article even if I don’t agree with your premise. I obviously applaud your commitment to free speech and to your increasing politicisation. However, there’s also a concern that, if one comes late to subjects which are, as you rightly say, politically (such as Israel/Palestine) is there not a danger you engage with the news of the subject without engaging with the history or the nuance? It’s obviously a contentious subject - but it seems, on some level, indicative of how we’ve got to this point that one manages to write an article focusing solely on the freedoms of one party in a two party dispute without questioning the historical oppression of the Palestinians or, for that matter, the Israelis at the hand of their own extremist government?
"A social justice warrior?" Oh, the horror! 😉🙂
Kinda think that that is rather like motherhood and apple pie -- I expect that pretty much everyone is in favour of social justice. The problem is what it consists of and how to get there -- rather too many are rather impractical at best, are unclear on the difference between being high-minded and being softheaded.
Entomologist E. O. Wilson had a rather brilliant quip on the point in speaking about Marxism which he considered more suited to ants than to humans:
"Wonderful theory, wrong species."
If our theories, particularly on humans, are based on wishful thinking and various vanities then it we shouldn't be surprised if the societies or social policies based on them collapse like the proverbial house of cards. Or Towers of Babel ...
I have no idea why a couple of people seem mad at you for this. Someone seems upset that you didn't take his advice. Odd. Maybe people are upset because you said Social Justice Warrior? Lol. Anyway, you're right.
I've always cared about politics to an extent but the key for me if finding the 5% (or less) that's important. I live in California which is the land of nonsense laws and the nanny state. Some things are truly inane and a lot of politicians just like to hear themselves talk and posture. It's easy to get jaded but none of that means that certain things are not very important. You gave some really good examples. We have a duty (IMO) to at least be someone educated on the important things and on those things we should care and try to make a difference. In whatever ways we can we have to fight for what we believe is right and not just leave it in the hands of others. Despite what someone else said, writing actually does help. It helps contrast all of the lousy writing out there that people read daily. I think I have a bit of SJW in me as well but not in the woke/cancel culture kind of way :)
Perfect! Agree with You! I'm from Latvia, Riga. We support Ukraina and Israel, because my country was occupied from russia (1945-1994) . Hamas is similar anti human power. Thank You for Your Job! Sorry about my terrible english, but I will say You THANK YOU. All systems with agressiv thoughts=criminal regimes, not Countries.
Better than being a social injustice warrior!
Tom Nichols is coming out with an expanded edition of The Death of Expertise next month. When a deservingly popular book didn’t make a dent in 7 years (and everything’s gotten worse to boot): I fail to understand the excitement for a new edition that doesn’t have a snowball’s chance in hell of making a dent either. Does anyone even ask such questions anymore?
I wish you well on your book. I'm sure it's great work -- but it's not going to work. Conventional methods have repeatedly failed and won’t put a pinprick in the atmosphere of absurdity suffocating the country. Do you want to sell books or make a difference?
It never occurs to any of you that you could do both -- and do so by doing exactly what you just wrote: "To listen is often more important than to speak." In a previous piece you stated, "Wish I had a ready-made solution, could probably make a bundle." What does it say about you that I offered you such a solution and you didn't even bother looking into it? I wrote about you in this post below -- not because I'm targeting you but rather because of what you represent (however well-intentioned you might be).
The Substack Sector: https://onevoicebecametwo.life/2023/11/3/the-substack-sector/