Dispatches from the Inauguration Front

20170120_162017_14849565078301As the protests continue, all I can do is collect documents and pictures — happily, my son sent a few from the inauguration so I could feel the good energy by extension. Not that I ever did much more than this after exiting my twenties. Still, while being relegated to the physical sidelines is hard, accepting that one’s children have the urge for action makes one proud. Yet it’s also hard to wait, hoping that no serious physical harm comes to him, and that he will be disciplined enough to engage in non-violence. Violence begets violence. Clearly Trump’s election is causing violence as I write this, but that is not the point. Protest is more effective, and harder to criticize through persistence and presence, without violence. Take your pick of philosophies from Hegel to Gandhi — it’s all hard. But who said changing the world was supposed to be easy?

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About Ruth O'Brien

Professor Ruth O'Brien, The Graduate Center, The City University of New York (CUNY) & Honorary Unaffiliated Academic Book Series Editor for The Public Square, Princeton University Press & Heretical Thought, Oxford University Press, USA Last book: Out of Many, One: Obama & the Third American Political Tradition (U of Chicago 2013). Nickname: Professorette by Rush Limbaugh (see http://www.gc.cuny.edu/Faculty/Core-Bios/Ruth-O-Brien)