Tom Cathcart links to this very suggestive essay in the Nation. Thank you, Tom. Although I subscribe to the Nation, I am embarrassed to say that when it comes I only do the puzzle at the back, so I did not see the piece. It poses a troubling and important question: What am I prepared to do, aside from just talking and writing, to oppose the truly terrible things Trump gives every evidence of being likely to do? The author of the piece, Harold Pollock, asks whether he would be willing to risk being arrested by taking direct, albeit non-violent, action.
Well, I got myself arrested at an anti-apartheid demonstration thirty years ago, pretty much as a jeu d'esprit, but now I am the principal care-giver for my wife, who suffers from Multiple Sclerosis and is about to turn eighty-four. Suppose I am not simply arrested and released on my own recognizance. Who would look after her if I was sentenced, let us say, to three months in jail? I might be willing to do it -- a relatively easy way to promote my own "Prison Notebooks," a la Gramsci, but I could not impose that on my wife.
And yet, and yet, do I really want my grandchildren to have to say, "My grandfather was a big talker, but when it came right down to it, and thousands were in the streets protesting that awful man, Trump, he stayed home."
I am afraid we really are only a month away from confronting this sort of question.