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“The Great Regression”: “right now the arc of history is not, as we often assert, bending toward justice in the United States”

"And absent...the momentum of progress, we will surely decline and fail as a nation."

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The following thread by David Rothkopf really nails it. We are currently in what could very well end up being called “The Great Regression,” during which “on issue after issue, we are seeing decades and sometimes centuries of progress reversed.” And no, “We have never seen anything like this before in our history.” A few more key points:

  • The Supreme Court is “now one of the most active, pernicious agents of this period of anti-progress…”
  • Roe was a symbol to several generations that our system worked. That is why they sought to tear it down. But the regression has been going on for years, even as they sought to dismantle Roe. The greatest step forward of the 1960s was the Voting Rights Act and our strides toward greater racial justice. In Shelby County the Roberts court perversely ruled we had outgrown the need for such protections even as the sponsors of that court worked to limit and strip away voting rights, especially for people of color, throughout America. Progress toward social equity and equal opportunity sustained other blows. Since the 1980s, the ‘leave it to the markets’ politics of Reaganomics.”
  • “… it is important for us to recognize the level of success the right, a movement dedicated to reversing social progress and stripping away people’s rights, is having. They must be stopped. The damage they have done must be reversed. Because right now the arc of history is not, as we often assert, bending toward justice in the United States. And absent that and the momentum of progress, we will surely decline and fail as a nation.”

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