Day: September 21, 2017

Dog shelter seeks volunteers

The Marion County Dog Shelter is calling for volunteers for its annual Fall Frenzy event on Saturday, Sept. 30, at the Woodburn Premium Outlets. Fall Frenzy is a day of fashion, savings, giveaways and fun. Proceeds will benefit Marion County Dog Services, Family Building Blocks and the Oregon Volunteer Firefighters Association among six others. Three to four volunteers are need for 3-4 hour shifts during the event which runs from 9 am. to 4 p.m. Duties can include: check-in, including raffle ticket sales, staffing the charity table, talking with attendees, helping with garbage, among others. If you are available...

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The dangerous triumph of tribalism

By MICHAEL GERSON In his prescient science-fiction novel The Diamond Age, Neal Stephenson describes a post-national world in which people organize themselves into affinity groups called “phyles.” Some choose to be Victorians, emulating the beliefs and aesthetic of 19th-century Britain. Others identify with the values and dress of the Boers. The Celestial Kingdom is a Chinese culture phyle. In The Diamond Age, globalization has erased the nation-state and left people—always hungry for belonging—to identify themselves entirely by culture. A provocative new essay by Andrew Sullivan, America Wasn’t Built for Humans, describes the emergence of two American phyles. One is more racially diverse, urban, secular and globalist. The other is largely white, rural and exurban, religious and nationalist. Their conflict is the context of American politics. At stake is the idea that “American” describes a single people. In Sullivan’s description, the “myths” that used to help unify the country—the ideal of assimilation, the idea of America’s founders as exemplars of constitutional values—have been weakened. “We dismantled many of our myths,” he argues, “but have not yet formed new ones to replace them.” The result is the dangerous triumph of cultural identification over unifying political ideals. Who is at fault for the depth of this mental divide? It is the nature of political polarization that both American tribes blame each other. Sullivan blames them both, but not quite equally. According to...

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