The formal publication date for this essay also marks the 12th anniversary of the Institute’s founding. Much has happened in these dozen years as the Institute for Policy and Governance (IPG) has grown and matured.
While Donald Trump is now well known for persistently lying to the American people about matters large and small, I was nonetheless surprised to read that he had sought to defend his ruinous and cruel immigration and border policy by declaring that the Democratic Party had at once created his approach and was preventing its realization
I have been reflecting on the apparently limitless human propensity for hatred and cruelty, especially as so many illustrations have been under discussion in recent days. I want to share two examples that have been reported on news sites, and then discuss one that happened decades ago, but resonates in today’s political and social climate.
On April 21 I traveled to Whitesburg, Kentucky, a small community of fewer than 2,000 people located in Letcher County, in the mountains of the eastern part of the state, with a group of gifted graduate students.