Personal and political Christmas stories
Great seasonal column by Edward Keenan.
<blockquote> <p>We are a wealthier society than we’ve ever been… It is conceivably in our power, for almost the first time in history, to effectively do it. Eliminate poverty. And we can do so without supernatural help. Miracles and magic are not required, today, to feed the hungry or alleviate suffering… The key thing that’s missing are those other parts of our Christmas traditions: we need to wish for it to happen, and believe it will happen. Collectively, we need to want it bad enough that we will make our entirely natural tools perform the miracle for us.</p> </blockquote>