Imperial America: Reflections on the United States of Amnesia
Gore Vidal has been described as the last ‘noble defender" of the American republic. In Imperial America, Vidal steals the thunder of a right wing America—those who have camouflaged their extremist rhetoric in the Old Glory and the Red, White, and Blue—by demonstrating that those whose protest arbitrary and secret government, those who defend the bill of rights, those who seek to restrain America's international power, are the true patriots.
"Those Americans who refuse to plunge blindly into the maelstrom of European and Asiatic politics are not defeatist or neurotic," he writes. "They are giving evidence of sanity, not cowardice, of adult thinking as distinguished from infantilism. They intend to preserve and defend the Republic. America is not to be Rome or Britain. It is to be America."
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Re-reading this collection by Gore Vidal. Reading Vidal makes me think of the voice of Claudius in "Claudius the God" describing the transition from Republic to Empire. Read full review
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Every presidency is a boon to a few of its critics. To Vidal, who has long seen the United States as an imperial power obsessed with security, the administration of George W. Bush has been a gift ... Read full review
Three THE DAY THE AMERICAN EMPIRE
Four A CHEERFUL RESPONSE
Six NOTES ON OUR PATRIARCHAL STATE
Seven THE NATIONAL SECURITY STATE
Nine THE SECOND AMERICAN REVOLUTION
Ten WE ARE THE PATRIOTS