This is my last column of the year.
In 2015, my last column was a roundup of the year’s biggest social justice stories as ranked by intellectuals and activists.
I thought that I’d make that a year-end tradition for the column, but this year Donald Trump has intruded.
That is not to say that issues of social justice have receded. They haven’t, at all. But the election of Trump poses such a significant — and singular — threat to this country that for me all other issues are unfortunately, temporarily I hope, subsumed by the unshakable sense of impending calamity he presages.
The nation is soon to be under the aegis of an unstable, unqualified, undignified demagogue and with Republicans in control of both houses of Congress, there is little that can be done to constrict or control his power and unpredictability.
It’s like seeing an ominous weight swinging toward a limb, sure to break it, while you feel utterly helpless to prevent the fracture.