Taking Comfort Where You Can Find It

In an Atlantic cover story called “How America Can Rise Again,” the always interesting James Fallows quotes the always interesting Garry Wills:

“When people say how bad things are, I always emphasize that we have never in our history been so good on human rights. The rights of women, gays, the disabled, Native Americans, Hispanics-all of those have soared in the last 40 years.” Even the “birther” and “tea bag” movements are indirect evidence of progress, Wills said. “They are reactions to a really great achievement. We did elect a black president. Not many people thought that was possible, even two or three years ago.”

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