the default assumption

[I’m taking this post down not because I think it was wrong — I think I made a good and important point — but because I violated my First Law of Blogging, which is: Never write about current events. It’s noteworthy, and probably not accidental, that I broke my rule soon after resuming my Twitter account. I should reflect on that. My goal is to write posts — and essays, and books — that people will respond to in a measured and thoughtful way or not at all. Being attuned to the convulsions of the moment is a sure-fire recipe for not writing like that.]