…st theirs, but living beside anyone and caring for them, investing in them, nurturing them, period. When you see Americans protesting lockdown, armed with rifles— that, my friends, is textbook sociopathy, a kind of sneering contempt towards the idea that society exists, matters, counts, or is even necessary.
I saw this over a decade ago while fighting locally for single payer health care. I asked people why they didn’t want to make sure everyone in their community could get health care, like say if there was a pandemic. Respondees universally scoffed that they did not belong to communities and that their only responsibility was to themselves and their families. Some even ridiculed the idea that they had a responsibility to family. I think this was caused by over 40 years of bad leadership from both parties rejecting the idea that we are a community or family, and making each person an island into himself or herself. It’s easier to steal from us if we’re alone. Hillary Clinton was right the first time. During Bill Clinton’s 1996 campaign, well after Reagan happy talked us into the beginnings of fascism, she said it takes a village and took a thumping for that from the Reaganites and Bushes, and the media. The lesson she took from that was to reject the notion of the village and become a better oligarch. That’s how both parties began destroying us.