2017 August 17
Circumstance & Temperament
A nation is only an individual multiplied. It makes plans and Circumstance comes and upsets them – or enlarges them. Some patriots throw the tea overboard; some other patriots destroy a Bastille. The Plans stop there; then Circumstance comes in, quite unexpectedly, and turns these modest riots into a revolution.
~~ Mark Twain, Turning Point, ~1898
There are a lot of unanswered questions in that link, but decide for yourself which side you fall on. More information may be available by the time you read this. The only part of the 2017 inauguration I saw was a video of a talking dog interviewing spectators.
Follow up: on arstechnica
Background: how it works on zdnet
Historical perspective and call to action in this TED Talk by Jennifer Granick:
see also: President’s Day essay