Croquet balls turned hedgehogs and hookah-smoking caterpillars have nothing on the bizarre events of the 2016 election season we’ve been forced to endure (we’re writing this in June). And just when we need a good belly laugh to keep from going Mad Hatter crazy, satire is down for the count given that real events far outpace the absurdity of anything we could possibly make up.
Even as we can’t quite turn our heads from the curious spectacle of it all, we feel the societal costs of such a dysfunctional political dialogue stacking up, and we’re even coming to viscerally understand the vast depths of real anger at the status quo.
But as the Cheshire cat so rightly observed to Alice “if you don’t know where you are going, any road can take you there” – so too perhaps it’s time for us to do some deep ciphering of our own.
We’ll kick the season off in September with experienced political insiders who’ve climbed out of the rabbit hole to help us figure just where the heck we really are anyway. We’ll continue our figuring in January as we look at the topsy-turvy up’s down and down’s up post-Brexit international order. We’ll contemplate just where a world goes from here.
And as we end our journey through the looking glass by April (do allow us to keep hope that it will, in fact, end) we’ll introduce you to some truly wise people who’ve been thinking BIG “drink me” thoughts and imagining “impossible things before breakfast” about just how one can turn a trip down a rabbit hole into enduring wisdom – and possibly achieve just a little more plain old fashioned boredom on our next outing.
When you’re doing something as crazy as trying to cross the partisan divide, you meet some interesting fellow travelers along the way. Here’s where we bring them to meet you and we hang out. Hookahs strictly optional.
Cheaper and more enjoyable than the therapy we’ll probably all need by fall, we’ll start our Dinner at the Square season with experienced political insiders who’ll help us understand how in the world we got where we are (and might even help us figure a way back out).
Here we are post-election in a world that seems to be solidly running amok, as world order itself seems to have the collywobbles and is coming undone. We’ll discuss the barmy bits n bobs, particularly the global rise of nationalism and what it means on this side of the pond.
The story of America is the biggest, boldest idea in human history writ large and offered for almost 250 years to its citizens, and as a beacon to the world. It’s also a story of some of its most central ideals – equality, liberty, free speech – still straining to be realized.
When you pick up the morning paper, you’re likely to be reading about some variety of US and THEM. This season we’ll seek a wiser course on some of the deepest divisions in American today – rich vs. poor, left vs. right and faith vs. science.
Imagine there is a giant asteroid heading to earth, expected to destroy life as we know it. There’s no question we’d stop the incessant partisan bickering and do everything within our power to deflect the asteroid. Right?