The scene: a high school classroom; the year: 2030 to 2035-ish; the cast: bright-eyed sophomores, the hope for America’s (or some new-fangled approximation’s) future, and you standing in front of them in your capacity as their history teacher.

You are giving them a lesson on recent American history, recounting one of the numerous paradigmatic events of 1999 to about right now. You have a reputation as an impassioned and eager…