The American experience, we've been told, has been changed irrevocably since the terror attacks 10 years ago. The philosophy and presence of the New York City police force, for instance, has been fundamentally amplified.
Are we safer? Are we more secure? Are we 10 years closer to being a people who have traded liberty for security, and deserve neither?
Life in the Vila Flavia favela of Sao Paulo, Brazil, can be seen as a bleak procession of barren vistas leading to a grim horizon of depression and death. But then there are the vivid and vibrant murals sprayed around town by the neighborhood’s OPNI, a Portuguese acronym that means Unidentified Graffiti Artists.
Since 1997, OPNI have been transforming slum walls into an open-air gallery celebrating the multi-chromatic carnival that is day-to-day existence as the flavela residents live it and dream it.