By Lewis Lapham
America’s prime essayist at the frantic retreat of democracy, within the hearth and smoke of the conflict on terror
In twenty-five years of imperial experience, the US 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 industry to climb to digital heights, whereas society used to be divided among the egocentric and anxious 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 ideally suited courtroom, and the pretender launching a wasteful, vainglorious and endless struggle 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 means of Donald Trump, a self-glorifying photo-op bursting star-spangled bombast in air. This spectacle will be common to Aristotle, whose portrayal of the “prosperous idiot” describes a category of people that “consider themselves worthwhile to carry public workplace, for they have already got the issues that supply them a declare to office.”
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Age of Folly: America Abandons Its Democracy by Lewis Lapham