By Lewis Lapham
America’s major essayist at the frantic retreat of democracy, within the fireplace 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 conflict, 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 apprehensive wealthy and the more and more debt-ridden and indignant negative. the recent millennium observed the democratic election of an American president nullified by way of the very best court docket, 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 prevalent to Aristotle, whose portrayal of the “prosperous idiot” describes a category of people that “consider themselves useful to carry public place of work, for they have already got the issues that provide them a declare to office.”
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Age of Folly: America Abandons Its Democracy by Lewis Lapham