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Mario Cuomo used to say that “We campaign in poetry but we govern in prose.” Now it’s poetry or nothing.
No place demonstrates this demise better than the San Francisco Bay Area. Despite the area’s claims to diversity, it suffocates with homogeneity. Everyone wants to start a company, everyone wants to be a contrarian investor, everyone thinks about everything in exactly the same way. Expensively indifferent, my Palo Alto house had the same architect and unique style as every other house on the street. The dinner conversations began to blur into one. Was I going crazy, or was it them?
do persuasive essays even exist anymore? it seems like most writing that circulates in the culture acts as if the reader already agrees..or they create the pretence that there’s no persuasion going on.
what happened to: you probably believe in X, but let me make my case for Y.
today it’s all preaching to the choir
The Fourth Turning in Strauss-Howe's generational theory, or the “Crisis”, is an “an era of destruction, often involving war or revolution, in which institutional life is destroyed and rebuilt in response to a perceived threat to the nation's survival. After the crisis, civic authority revives, cultural expression redirects towards community purpose, and people begin to locate themselves as members of a larger group."