I spotted this line in an Esquire interview with Glenn Greenwald

If you’re gonna challenge people in power, you have to be ready to be attacked in effective ways. That’s the nature of power. If they couldn’t do that to you, they wouldn’t be powerful. Yeah, but I mean, of course it’s not easy. Nobody likes it.

Yeah, he’s right. I have the scars to prove it. I’m not trying to make out I’m a martyr or anything, but Greenwald’s description (“be ready to be attacked in effective ways”) is bang on, and when it happens, it stings. It’s like that y’all.

– P

‘Be prepared to bleed’ is a line from Joni Mitchell’s song A Case of You.