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Time to take a stand

In learning about Aspen’s version of a post-inauguration demonstration, during which we will protest the eve of fascism in America by first skiing, then drinking, I’d have to admit that my initial instinct was to feel cynical: Really Aspen, that’s the best we can do?

But the other morning I asked myself what I personally have done in terms of organizing the community in a show of unity during these fractured times. Absolutely nothing. And so I retract my earlier sentiment.

It occurred to me recently that though I have always paid decent attention to politics and voted (at least in the big elections), I have also been relatively complacent, trusting that the system is incorruptible, and that someone else, higher up in the democratic chain, will safeguard us against collapse. If nothing else, this political sea change has awakened in me the sense that we are all culpable, at every level, for every change we birth into existence.

And we must keep our eyes open. After all, democracy is just an imagined social contract. If we stop believing in it — or more importantly, stop participating — it fails to exist.

Eleanore Scott


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