By Lewis Lapham
America’s prime essayist at the frantic retreat of democracy, within the hearth and smoke of the warfare on terror
In twenty-five years of imperial event, the United States has laid waste to its rules of democracy. The self-glorifying march of folly steps off on the finish of the chilly warfare, in an period while delusions of omnipotence allowed the marketplace to climb to digital heights, whereas society was once divided among the egocentric and fearful wealthy and the more and more debt-ridden and indignant terrible. the recent millennium observed the democratic election of an American president nullified by means of the superb courtroom, and the pretender launching a wasteful, vainglorious and unending battle on terror, doomed to finish in defeat and the lack of America’s status abroad.
All this culminates within the sundown swamp of the 2016 election—a farce ruled by way of Donald Trump, a self-glorifying photo-op bursting star-spangled bombast in air. This spectacle will be popular to Aristotle, whose portrayal of the “prosperous idiot” describes a category of people that “consider themselves important to carry public place of work, for they have already got the issues that supply them a declare to office.”
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