The ‘wolf’ of solitary confinement

Baker has shown little willingness so far to try a new path

AFTER THE ENACTMENT of the Missouri Compromise in 1820 prolonged the impasse over slavery with little hope for a peaceful resolution, Thomas Jefferson offered this assessment of the nation’s quandary: “We have the wolf by the ears, and we can neither hold him, nor safely let him go.” That image — a perilous dilemma from(...)

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