"There is simply too much to think about. It is hopeless — too many kinds of special preparation are required. In electronics, in economics, in social analysis, in history, in psychology, in international politics, most of us are, given the oceanic proliferating complexity of things, paralyzed by the very suggestion that we assume responsibility for so much. This is what makes packaged opinion so attractive." So said Saul Bellow - to which political speechwriter Barton Swaim recently added: Another name for "packaged opinion" is "politics." Even if you're a poet, and ostensibly resist prepackaging... people can probably guess who you voted for. Uh oh!
(Read the rest of this post over on Harriet.)