"The greatest evil is not done in those sordid dens that Dickens loved to paint, but is conceived and ordered (moved, seconded, carried, and minuted) in clear, carpeted, warmed, well-lighted offices, by quiet men with white collars and cut fingernails and smooth-shaven cheeks who do not need to raise their voices."
This quote arrived in my email in humble lines of type that sat below the sender's name and multiple degrees and titles and areas of expertise. This quote goes out to everyone this erudite man communicates with by email, which I think is his quietly shattering observation about the state of corporate and political affairs in America today. I don't mean to reduce the power of C.S. Lewis's words by applying them to a pop culture phenom, but the quote made me think immediately of the parched morality of the Netflix series, House of Cards, which of course includes steely-eyed women with white collars who do not raise their voices. If that show is any way suggestive of how the game is played in Congress, no wonder our president is so often accused of keeping his distance from that sordid den.