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Can a really, really big flagpole unite America? That’s the plan

By Oliver Roeder

05 Nov 2022 · 25 min read

Editor's Note

The U.S. is deeply divided. But as the FT reports, one family hopes to help by building a massive "Flagpole of Freedom." You'll need an elevator to get to the top.

It’s a gorgeous bright day and it’s noon and we all stare up at the sky, squinting through heavy curtains of sunshine. We stand on a hilltop clearing, surrounded by endless trees. We wander around, charting our own slow paths through the knee-high thicket. It’s silent save our rustling and the birds. 

It’s hard to imagine what it will look like up here.

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