A July 4 Roundup

What would July 4 be without the hypocritical “patriots” and the jingoistic worshippers of military power?

With that acknowledged, there is also the smart and beautifully written, and the reminder, backed by historical reality, that we are a nation defined by contradiction — first leaping forward, then sliding back, and falling into a kind of historical amnesia that has us repeating the same mistakes over and over.

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