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A great disturbance in the Force

Posted by Thomas Nephew on July 14th, 2009

hilzoy of “Obsidian Wings” is retiring from blogging after Friday. She explains:

The main reason I started blogging, besides the fact that I thought it would be fun, was that starting sometime in 2002, I thought that my country had gone insane. It wasn’t just the insane policies, although that was part of it. It was the sheer level of invective: the way that people who held what seemed to me to be perfectly reasonable views, e.g. that invading Iraq might not be such a smart move, were routinely being described as al Qaeda sympathizers who hated America and all it stood for and wanted us all to die.

I thought: we’ve gone mad. And I have to do something — not because I thought that I¬†personally¬†could have any appreciable effect on this, but because it felt like what Katherine called an all hands on deck moment. I had heard about times like this in the past — the McCarthy era, for instance — though I had never expected to live through one. Nonetheless, I was. And I had to try to do something, however insignificant.

That said, it seems to me that the madness is over. There are lots of people I disagree with, and lots of things I really care about, and even some people who seem to me to have misplaced their sanity, but the country as a whole does not seem to me to be crazy any more. Also, it has been nearly five years since I started. And so it seems to me that it’s time for me to turn back into a pumpkin and twelve white mice.

She’ll be missed; I’ll miss reading her, that’s for sure.

I suppose I hope she’ll rethink the need for her (and by extension, the need for people like her) to keep at it. It may not be an “all hands on deck” moment any more, but surely some steady hands are still needed. Now might be, or might have been, a good time to either help ‘nail down’ the country’s return to relative health, or to monitor whether the madness she speaks of is just in remission. (Item: Sarah Palin writing on global warming on the op-ed page of the Washington Post.) Plus it’s never a bad idea to hold to account those who’ve come to power, and instill the habit in others.

But enough of that. I hope the “Obsidian Wings” blog continues to be the thought-provoking, valuable community it’s become, essentially because of her. Good luck, hilzoy! And thanks.

2 Responses to “A great disturbance in the Force”

  1. Yoda Says:

    There is another.

  2. Thomas Nephew Says:

    I can’t do it, Artoo WordPress. I can’t go on alone.

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