David Roberts @drvox Seattleite transplanted from Tennessee; now blogging for vox.com/ about energy politics. Climate hawk, deficit dove. Not a doctor. Aug. 03, 2019 1 min read

Just a reminder that two things the GOP says are impossible -- affordable universal health care & low levels of gun violence -- are realities in every single developed economy except the US.

Another reminder: an atmosphere in which random violence is always possible, in which catastrophic loss of healthcare is always possible, makes people fearful, anxious, & angry. They draw their circles of concern inward. They literally become *more conservative*.

The one thing necessary for ANY progressive, collective action is social trust. It makes everything possible - peace, prosperity, innovation. Conversely, without it, almost nothing is possible. Reactionaries instinctively seek to erode social trust, and there's no better way ...

... to erode social trust than to ensure that anyone, anywhere may be armed, and may start shooting, at any time. It pushes people to stay in their private spaces, in their cars & detached homes, to fear people who are poor/different, to think "everyone for him/herself."

This is the most frustrating thing about politics, and human affairs generally: it's super, super difficult to nurture & build social trust, and it's super, super easy for a small number of assholes to destroy it. With every shooting, it diminishes a little more.

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