Age of Folly

Age of Folly

America Abandons Its Democracy

Book - 2016
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"America's leading essayist on the frantic retreat of democracy, in the fire and smoke of the war on terror. In twenty-five years of imperial adventure, America has laid waste to its principles of democracy. The self-glorifying march of folly steps off at the end of the Cold War, in an era when delusions of omnipotence allowed the market to climb to virtual heights, while society was divided between the selfish and frightened rich and the increasingly debt-ridden and angry poor. The new millennium saw the democratic election of an American president nullified by the Supreme Court, and the pretender launching a wasteful, vainglorious and never-ending war on terror, doomed to end in defeat and the loss of America's prestige abroad. All this culminates in the sunset swamp of the 2016 election--a farce dominated by Donald Trump, a self-glorifying photo-op bursting star-spangled bombast in air. This spectacle would be familiar to Aristotle, whose portrayal of the "prosperous fool" describes a class of people who "consider themselves worthy to hold public office, for they already have the things that give them a claim to office.""--
Publisher: London ;, New York :, Verso,, 2016.
ISBN: 9781784787110
1784787116
Branch Call Number: 320.473 LA
Characteristics: xv, 384 pages ; 24 cm

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StarGladiator
Dec 09, 2016

Haven't read this book yet, but have serious misgivings about Lapham, whom I onced followed at Harper's but became disillusioned with planted stories there favoring - - or apologizing for - - Wall Street [e.g., such as claiming it was the CPI - - the Consumer Price Index - - which was responsible for the Great Recession, not the bankers and their CDSes and credit derivatives, et cetera]. Interesting to note that Lapham's brother [Tony Lapham] was with the CIA; I believe he was the general legal counsel. [Also lost faith long ago with Mother Jones magazine - - and for the record, I have voted Green Party since 1996.]

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Wyckoft
Dec 05, 2016

I watched Latham on C-span last night and feel much better about the election. It confirmed what I have been noticing all through this very strange, too long ,election cycle. So now, we just watch the folly play itself out. We were right, it is crazy, but then, that has been the plan all along. I have admired this man's mind for a long time. He has written a book that is not hopeful, but then, the situation is not all that hopeful so those of us who could see that it wasn't, are right, even as we all go down the tube together. It was a good go, but as Latham pointed out, it was never designed for all of us. The folks who put this Republic together were all rich, white men. They never intended the United States to be a democracy so the fact that we had one for a few years was a bonus. It is over now and we might as well understand that.

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