America as “phobocracy”

It is part of the world’s nature and of our own to break, ruin and destroy; but it is also our nature and the world’s to find ways to mend what has been broken.

So writes novelist Michael Chabon in this impassioned, eloquent rallying call to US citizens to overcome what he suggests is their fear of disappointment, take responsibility for the outcomes of the political process, and vote for Barack Obama. On the eve of Super Tuesday, I thought I’d share it as it’s the most lyrical piece I’ve read about why the Presidency should be his.

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