Saturday, February 12, 2022

This Too Shall Pass

Many of the would-be Tocquevilles who searched for the essence of the United States in the mid-1970s - and later - were almost as pessimistic as the headline writer who wrote, "THINGS WILL GET WORSE BEFORE THEY GET WORSE." Americans, they said, had become disoriented, fractious, alienated and divided into ever more self-conscious groups that identified themselves narrowly by region, gender, age, religion, ethnicity, and race.

- James Patterson, Grand Expectations

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