Here’s a three-year old video with sadly renewed resonance.
It’s Ian McKellen, delivering a speech from Sir Thomas More, a work from the early 1590s that passed through many hands, including, as author of the passage McKellen performs, William Shakespeare. It speaks precisely to the predicament we face now, and (as McKellen notes) because it’s Shakespeare’s the demand it makes on us is to discover our humanity.
Would that more of our former friends across the aisle could not just hear him, but listen.
“What have you got?” indeed.