By Lewis Lapham

America’s best essayist at the frantic retreat of democracy, within the hearth and smoke of the struggle on terror

In twenty-five years of imperial experience, the USA has laid waste to its ideas of democracy. The self-glorifying march of folly steps off on the finish of the chilly warfare, in an period whilst 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 offended negative. the hot 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 through Donald Trump, a self-glorifying photo-op bursting star-spangled bombast in air. This spectacle will be everyday 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 provide them a declare to office.”

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