Walter Moss: The challenge for us twenty-first century individuals acting politically is somehow to steer an appropriate middle course between these two extremes. Like Don Quixote acting in behalf of justice and truth, but also like Hamlet in being thoughtful, fair-minded, and open to doubts, especially about our own righteousness.
Walter Moss: Little mentioned in the Paris Agreement, but a major cause of global warming is another deeply ingrained habit that will be difficult to change, and that is present-day meat-producing and meat-eating practices.
Walter Moss: Unmentioned by conservatives is the fact that the greatest critic of appeasement, Winston Churchill, advocated an alliance with Soviet Russia in order to deal with the greater threat of Nazism.
Walter Moss: Is a macho leader really what we need? Or is such a desire too simplistic, a primitive throwback, perhaps appropriate in pre-modern times, but not today?
Walter Moss: Cowspiracy’s central message, one that seems inescapably true: The single most important contribution people can make to lessen global warming and environmental degradation is to stop eating meat.
Walter Moss: Putin distrusts democracy and believes that Russia and many other countries require a strong state government.
Walter Moss: As a historian and septuagenarian, though not from personal experience, I know a little of such nightmares. Hiroshima, Nagasaki, the Holocaust, yes. But a football game?
Walter Moss: David Brooks is right to bring up the subject of “Schools for Wisdom.” But it requires much more thought and discussion.
Walter Moss: Republican obstructionism has increased dramatically as a result of the rise of the Tea Party role within it during the last decade.
Walter G. Moss: How many more tragedies will families have to suffer before Congress, Democrats and Republicans, put ideological biases aside and do what they are paid to do—legislate for the common good?
Walter Moss: To a Congress that is often beholden to special interests, including those of rich individuals and corporations, the Pope’s reminder of the need to pursue the common good and the welfare of the poor was a rather pointed rebuke.
Walter Moss: We need to come to terms with the Russian people’s support today of both Stalin and Putin.
Walter Moss: In urging us to live simple and wise lives, Francis is almost poetic at times. Like Romantic poets such as Wordsworth, he often mentions the importance of nature and beauty.