American Hellscape 2022

“The Sowers” (1941–1942) by Thomas Hart Benton (State Historical Society of Missouri). Benton defended the hellish images in his “Year of Peril” booklet. “Evil and predatory forces are always within us, in all places, at all times. Humanity must then rise up and tear their evil out of them and kill them.”

You might believe that America is going to hell in a bucket. And as we watch our basic rights of privacy, assembly, and worship (or not) fade to the color of a Supreme Court associate justice’s robe, you would be correct.

But if you are a consumer of the right-wing galaxy of social and mainstream media, we would expect you to be flying high, if not falling-down drunk, on all the liberal tears flooding the highways and…

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Barry Dredze

Barry Dredze

Just another mortal, tweaking my cognitive map on the fly.