Facts matter — Mask-up. Vax-up. Boost.

Paul Eaton Hamilton

It will take a generation of grad students and journalists to flesh out the full extent of the criminality of the Trump administration and the damage done to our institutions.

The failed January coup by MAGA mobs and the right-wing revisionism that has followed have substantiated the fact that the Republican Party has been, and continues to be, the biggest internal threat to American democracy since the Civil War.

In a 2018 essay ”The Constitution of Knowledge,” Jonathan Rauch describes the information ecosystem in democracies that winnows out nonsense. “We let alt-truth talk but we don’t let it write textbooks, receive tenure, bypass peer review…or dominate the front pages.”

That has changed.

For the foreseeable future, Trumpism will remain a threat to “ourselves and our Posterity” because of its success in sidestepping those constraints.

An extensive body of fiction — a new national mythology — has been created by an unholy alliance between corporate right wing media and a professional Republican political class that has elevated party over principle; their political futures over facts.

Standard definitions and standards of proof have been scrapped. A growing segment of the public — driven by passion and immune to evidence and rational discourse — has created a post-Enlightenment wasteland in which anyone with a keyboard and an internet connection can distort the public record.

There is a neurological disorder in the body politic that prevents many Americans from connecting the dots that map out the footprints of these load-bearing lies.

This blog is a digest — occasionally a soapbox — the goal of which is to connect some of those dots.

I am a writer and a freelance photographer of a certain age. Politics is not my primary interest in life but the overwhelming corruption of Trumpism is impossible to ignore and will continue to have negative consequences for our children and grandchildren.

Sound ideas — not money or coercion — -should shape the ongoing public discussion of who we are as a people and where we should be headed. To whatever extent shared words and pictures can be countervailing forces for a better future, it is my heartfelt hope that these will contribute to that end.

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