The Esquire editors look back at the Oklahoma City memorial and don't find much cause for optimism:

Oklahoma City happened. The carnival rolled on. It got wilder. It got nuttier. Ideas so long abandoned and destructive that they seemed like primal superstitions from a barbarian age now were shined up for the cameras and presented as legitimate alternatives to the accumulated reason and intellectual progress of two centuries. The complicity in it got broader and deeper and nobody thought much about the empty chairs.

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