The Gift

Barry Dredze
3 min readNov 2, 2020
“The Rising of the Usurpers and the Sinking of the Liberties of the People” by Thomas Nast, 1889 (Museum of the City of New York, gift of Mrs. Mabel Nast Crawford).

We have been given a great gift. Every day of this pandemic we are living our civic life increasingly unmoored from government regulation.

In other words, we are living the movement conservative dream. The twin Republican policy priorities are privatizing public services while deregulating private industry. We lack faith in our news business since Bill Clinton signed the Telecommunications Act of 1996, stripping away media consolidation…

Barry Dredze

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