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being well during the 2020 pandemic


  political renewal
gary e. davis
May 2020
 
  April 2020

The future belongs to we who institute its promise politically.

It’s not about succumbing to a depressive position, having merely glimmers of hope. (And preparing for the end of the world is rather excessive.)

But defeating autocracy (which exploits crisis) will be complexly difficult.

    However, we may feel better than ever that American humanity is thriving—especially inasmuch as values of public health and higher quality of life prevail for economic policies.

   

May 2020

“Everywhere I hear the same refrain,” David Brooks noted last month: “We’re standing at a portal to the future; we’re not going back to how it
used to be...The pandemic has been a massive humanizing forceā€¦.” It “has reminded us of our interdependence and the need for a strong and effective government.”

Indeed. To my mind, the scale of available ideas is as large as the Brookings Institution itself, including their emphasis on “the importance of public service.” The essence of American humanity might be showing thankfulness to previous and current others having paid forward which inspires us to pay forward, too.

Yet, the calling must be for thinking globally in acting locally. “The most relevant unit of society at the moment is the entire human family,” Brooks noted last March. Feelings initiated by “One World: Together at Home" (concert) must seque to being “global citizens.”

I’m with Brooks and much of America in avowing that “the job ahead is to make this unity last.”

More importantly, though, is that We—in humanistic union—make important and lasting progress together. Says James Taub:

...the increasing globalization of bad things like climate change and infectious diseases is threatening liberal society....the Green New Deal places virtually all of the burden on utilities and industry, rather than end-users like us....it’s unlikely the world will be able to get to net-zero [climate risk] without serious changes in personal behavior. We will have to strike a new equilibrium between what society has the right to demand of us and what we have a right to retain for ourselves....In the cataclysm of the Depression, [FDR] was able to summon up the sense of collective purpose needed to embark on large-scale change. Our own crisis, of course, still appears to many far too remote for any such call to sacrifice. The Dutch can reach consensus on painful social questions because they’ve spent the last thousand years working cooperatively to build dikes; the climate accord adopted last year came after a full year of discussion among representatives of all interest groups.

I call for globally progressive pragmatics when I have a chance; and go my own way quite a lot.


 
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