In Democratic Individuality, I argued that at a high level of abstraction, modern conservatives, liberals and radicals believe that the best economic, social and political institutions foster each person’s individuality. Their differences are largely empirical or social theoretical. All clash with modern authoritarians. I will take up practical issues such as torture and the lineage of the neocons and link them to larger issues in how we conceive a decent regime, locally and internationally.
Bill Tremblay unearths the viciousness of our moment, the shrinking space between a Spanish Republican prisoner of Franco thinking of his wife and child, and today’s search for extinction of Republican candidates/the corporate media, which is, sadly, our extinction, too.
A LETTER TO MIGUEL HERNANDEZ
When my rage at the stupidity of war
gets so my sighs alone can crack the bark of trees
I take a walk along the ditch in hopes that
the stillness of moving water will calm my heart
though days arrive when all I see is children’s bodies
face-down floating in the current
like little wooden crucifixes with bullet-holes,
children of Sandy Hook or Gaza City.
That’s when I know I’ve got it bad, and when it gets bad
all I can do is sit on the north bank of the ditch
that runs behind my house and write
in the invisible ink of the eyes a letter to you
writing from Franco’s prison [where you are always dying]
to your wife and son who had between them only an onion.
My little boy/was in hunger’s cradle.
He was nursed/on onion blood.
How often were you allowed to walk outside your cell,