By Lewis Lapham
America’s major 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 United States has laid waste to its rules of democracy. The self-glorifying march of folly steps off on the finish of the chilly struggle, in an period while delusions of omnipotence allowed the marketplace to climb to digital heights, whereas society was once divided among the egocentric and anxious wealthy and the more and more debt-ridden and indignant bad. the recent millennium observed the democratic election of an American president nullified by way of the ideally suited court docket, and the pretender launching a wasteful, vainglorious and unending 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 via Donald Trump, a self-glorifying photo-op bursting star-spangled bombast in air. This spectacle will be time-honored to Aristotle, whose portrayal of the “prosperous idiot” describes a category of people that “consider themselves beneficial 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