"Maybe the issue with homelessness isn't that I'm seeing trash in my neighborhood. Maybe it's that there are literal human beings sleeping next to that trash."
Hey Leah one more “Four Americas” follow up, if you have time you might want to read: Jonathan Chait’s Oct 12 2022 NY Magazine piece “POLITICS OCT. 12, 2022
“How to Make a Semi-Fascist Party; The hostile, paranoid, and increasingly authoritarian path ahead for American conservatism.”
Toward the end he describes a scene where he’s singled out as a reporter, ridiculed as “slumped-shouldered, ‘goblinesque’ -- very chilling part of that story I thought, as it indicates the group he was covering wants to do away with journalism entirely as I've understood it. (I listened to it on the Audm app -- love that app!)
akin maybe? to your “Bundyville II” episode, the one in which you attended, I think, a rally or meeting which featured as keynoter Lavoy Finicum's wife Jeannette.
Leah, I always benefit so much from your writings -- have listened to Bundyville twice through, just amazing. I have different sources for this conversation I guess. I’m reading “Sanfransicko” and have just finished a very sobering dissection of American life in George Packer’s “HOW AMERICA FRACTURED INTO FOUR PARTS “ The Atlantic July/August 2021. Have you read it? So I think now I'm gleaning from the tone of your conversation with K Rambo which of the four Americas you both tend to live in, the ”just” America - which is strongest in pockets of urban America. The rest of us live in the meritocracy, in some way shape or form. Politicians know this. So I wonder what journalism really is these days? Is it truly discovering and explaining and revealing something that actually is there? Reporting on something? That's what I want from journalism that I read, or watch, or listen to.