and a small commentary on ongoing Obamania

“[This rhetorical structure] is surely not an effort at serious historical explanation, and like any utopian statement it is accountable to history only as a projection, from the scant historical grounds for hope, of how history might be transformed.”

ok, it’s actually a quote from Robert Alter about the nature of critiques of social order in “thanksgiving” psalms, especially the royal ones. But still.