a country is only as strong as the people who make it up and the country turns into what the people want it to become.”
At first, I think, most relatively reasonable people believed the 2016 Republican field for president was amusing, a harmless opening act to the very serious politics that would befall us when the time came.
But toward the end of February 2016 with Donald Trump winning primary after primary, and with many very serious pundits now conceding that Trump could be the Republican nominee, this harmless opening act has turned decidedly ugly.
A testament to his genius as well as a damning statement about the recalcitrant nature of the U.S., James Baldwin’s work offers disturbing commentaries on our present, especially in the context of Trump’s blatant fascism and bigotry along with the so-called mainstream Republican candidates’ coded fascism and bigotry.
Baldwin’s “Notes for a Hypothetical Novel” proves to be one such insightful work.
In this address, Baldwin admits early, “I’m certain that there is something which unites all the Americans in this…
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