By Lewis Lapham
America’s prime essayist at the frantic retreat of democracy, within the hearth and smoke of the battle on terror
In twenty-five years of imperial event, the United States has laid waste to its ideas of democracy. The self-glorifying march of folly steps off on the finish of the chilly struggle, in an period whilst delusions of omnipotence allowed the industry 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 negative. the recent millennium observed the democratic election of an American president nullified through the excellent court docket, and the pretender launching a wasteful, vainglorious and endless conflict 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 necessary to carry public workplace, for they have already got the issues that provide them a declare to office.”
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