The American people are extraordinarily comfortable, affluent, and secure. It’s easy for us to make the argument that God’s purpose is being fulfilled through history and through the rise of American power. And to some degree, it probably is.
Because of the structure of the contemporary American party system, every president is polarizing.
If we really want to make progress and achieve greater fairness as a society, it is time for elemental change. And we should start by looking at the Constitution, with the goal of holding a new Constitutional Convention.
Fiction came quite a while later. I began with short stories and fiction for children.
It really wasn’t until I was in college when I began to write more and more, and I realized I was scheduling my entire life around my writing.
The poets whom I knew then were all men and all seemed dauntingly sure of themselves – although I am sure that really they were as uncertain as I was.
If children know there is someone standing over them who knows all the answers, they are less inclined to find the answers for themselves.
It’s quite fashionable to say that the educational system is broken. It’s not broken. It’s wonderfully constructed. It’s just that we don’t need it anymore.
Oppression does not make for hearts as big as all outdoors. Oppression makes us big and small. Expressive and silenced. Deep and dead.
You look at the steamboat, the railroad, the car, the airplane – not all of these were invented in the Anglo-American world, but they were popularized and extended by it. They were made possible by the financial architecture, the capital intensive operations invented and developed by the Anglo-Americans.