I have been increasingly distressed by the direction of American public affairs, and for the first time in my long life, I am fearful for the survival of such democracy as we have in this nation. I do not want to argue about this, I am not interested in being told that I should have been this worried earlier, I simply want to say that for as long as I continue to live, I intend to continue to struggle for what I believe and for the people whom I identify as my comrades. I honestly do not know whether we shall win out in the end, but the alternative, which is to decline into passivity, is unacceptable to me.
We are surrounded and confronted by such raw cruelty, brutality, greed, and -- yes, alas -- acquiescence that the struggle will be difficult and the outcome quite uncertain.
I will continue to blog about the public world, and also about the ideas that have been my companion and inspiration for a lifetime. I welcome your presence, your comments, your commitment to shared goals and principles.
These are hard times.