Now that the madding crowd has gone online, it's harder to sort through the legion of voices to find ones worth listening to. Luckily, I did stumble across one remarkable specimen recently via a random link. Sharp intelligence and eloquent writing spill forth from the fount that is Bouphonia.
Here is the quote that first pulled me in, from a post about Hurricane Katrina:
"It's often claimed that George W. Bush has asked for no sacrifices in this time of war. On the contrary, he's asked us to sacrifice our humanity and our compassion. He's asked us to sacrifice our privacy and freedom, and our respect for our fellow citizens. He's asked us to sacrifice every irreducible ideal - and there were few enough of them, God knows - on which this country was founded, and whatever fragile steps we've taken towards implementing them under the law. He's asked us to sacrifice any religious truth that would interfere with the dreary, mechanical pursuit of redundant wealth and false security. He's asked us to sacrifice our souls and our conscience, in exchange for his snake-oil promise that we'll never have to suffer the consequences of our own inhumanity. He's asked us to sacrifice our present for his future, and our future for his present."
Brilliantly said, I say. Bravo.
Something cool that P and B pointed out: a "comic book" serialization of the 9/11 Commission's Report. Perfectly portioned servings of unsalted truth for the MTV generation.