The Promises of Build Back Better (or Any Progressive Program or Reform at All) Have Been Shot Down on the Battlefield of Ukraine

ifty-five years ago, an increasingly radicalized Martin Luther King gave a speech at the Nation Institute in Los Angeles, CA. Towards the middle of the address, which was given on February 27, 1967, King delivered what is perhaps its most memorable line:

[T]he promises of the Great Society have been shot down on the battlefield of Viet Nam.

This is also the central theme to Robert Shenkkan’s 2017 play, The Great Society, the sequel to his more wildly successful All the



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