We seem to be living in riven times. (Though one could ask with substantial justification: When hasn’t humanity lived in riven times?)
Schisms abound, and they appear to be more rancorous and sharp than at any time in recent memory. The European Union is fragmenting; the French may well follow the lead of their counterparts across the channel by doing a “Frexit,” with the added dimension of electing an overt racist to lead them.
Much of the world stays mired in intractable poverty under the autocracies and kleptocracies that serve as both its cause and effect.
And in the United States, we endure, in a kind of downcast awe, the awfulness that is Donald Trump.
So is the vaunted center, that core of shared values and aspirations and steady-minded tending of continued progress in the human project, whatever the differences in means and tactics to achieve it, slipping away from us?
Is the center no longer...Read More