The U.S. flag I’ve owned since high school hanging in my room today.

This spring will make it nine years since I left the United States, which gives me a level of disconnect from the conditions on the ground that both qualifies me to having a less-invested perspective of it from the outside as well as disqualifies me from having any understanding of what the country has become since I got on a plane to Taiwan in 2012. Speaking earnestly, that America I knew is very gone from my mind and what has replaced its image can only be called the other side of a sculpture I did not understand was this disfigured.


BLM Demonstration in Munich at Königsplatz, a place where Nazis marched & burned books.
BLM Demonstration in Munich at Königsplatz, a place where Nazis marched & burned books.

These last two weeks have been some of the the hardest abroad I have experienced. Watching people of countless backgrounds out on the streets of over 700 American towns and cities march in solidarity stirred in me a wellspring of emotions. From a deep sense of empathy for the Black community and their too-oft ignored screams of frustration over police brutality throughout American history, I was also struck by an intense helplessness at being unable to march with them as I absorbed images, speeches and stories from the safe distance of my apartment in Munich rather than out in the…


I read the news too much these days and since I don’t have any seminars to voice my displeasure in and I’m about positive my friends are sick of me injecting my annoying opinions onto what has become a photo gallery of my friends’ children I’ll just add an extra step by making people click links to those opinions. So if you keep reading from here just know it’s your own fault. Sorry, not sorry.

While impeachment has been in the news plenty this week it has done little more than confirm in a more damning light what we can…

Brett Gooden

Political musings of an American living in Germany, formerly Taiwan.

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