The known and unknown in today’s Minnesota and national politics | Opinion


It has been a tumultuous 12 months+ in Minnesota and national politics – George Floyd’s death and subsequent unrest, turbulent elections, COVID, an economic downturn and recovery, and lengthy, conflictual budget processes. Right now, we are beset by uncertainties. Let’s sort through them.

The late Donald Rumsfeld’s signal literary achievement was his classification of possibilities. He classified them as “known knowns,” “known unknowns” and “unknown unknowns.” Employing these categories helps to define Minnesota’s present political situation.

First, there are the “known knowns.” A list of several important ones:

Derek Chauvin was convicted on the murder of George Floyd and his fellow former officers face court proceedings soon.

Violent crime has increased notably in the Twin Cities metro as parts of…

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