“Why do you use the “royal ‘we’” when you write?” asked a reader recently. “Isn’t it a little pretentious?”
The answer: yes. But it is a fairly innocent pretension. Actually, we don’t really know why we use ‘we.’ But we can make a guess. Ours is a lonely métier. We never met a politician we wanted to vote for – except for lost causes like our friend Ron Paul. We never saw a line of people that we wanted to join or a club we wanted to be part of. And, often, it seems as though we are the only one getting on the train – whether we are describing the end of the empire…the war on terror…or the decline of U.S. economy. Using the ‘I” just makes us feel lonely.
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