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The center cannot hold

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  1. patience_limited
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    Well, shame on me for bothering to read it, but I've complained before that pundits' analyses, particularly those of The New York Times, completely miss multiple points. They exaggerate and...

    Well, shame on me for bothering to read it, but I've complained before that pundits' analyses, particularly those of The New York Times, completely miss multiple points. They exaggerate and misrepresent political trends, add little or nothing to understanding why candidates do or don't achieve voter commitment, and elide huge forces of money in party politics. It's too early to guess what anything means, on the basis of f'ing Iowa.

    I'm not holding my breath for better reporting and analysis than took place in 2016, if this classic of horse-race calling is a representative sample.

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    8 votes
  2. tomf
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    Great title... it's a shame they burned it for this article.

    Great title... it's a shame they burned it for this article.

    The Second Coming
    W.B. Yeats

    Turning and turning in the widening gyre
    The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
    Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
    Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
    The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
    The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
    The best lack all conviction, while the worst
    Are full of passionate intensity.

    Surely some revelation is at hand;
    Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
    The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
    When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi
    Troubles my sight: somewhere in sands of the desert
    A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
    A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
    Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
    Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds.
    The darkness drops again; but now I know
    That twenty centuries of stony sleep
    Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
    And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
    Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

    4 votes
  3. skybrian
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    The future is unpredictable, and yet it's increasingly hard to see any end to a divided, polarized country and continued stalemate.

    The future is unpredictable, and yet it's increasingly hard to see any end to a divided, polarized country and continued stalemate.

    3 votes