Diary of a Plague Year

The pathological tendency of the American spirit is to believe anything that makes it feel good.

The American left and the American right are illusions, ephemera, brands that hide a basic sameness in our political and social thought — a basic addiction to shallow, ahistorical reasoning consumed straight out of the corporate media can.

The symptom of a dying soul is its unquenchable desire for stimulation. Without meaningful work, without access to nature, without in many cases access to friendship and conviviality — without a whole life — people have nothing but…