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  •  Another interesting book (7+ / 0-)

    is "Why America Failed" by the historian and social critic Morris Berman.  It would seem that Berman would agree with the diarist about our downward trajectory and the inability, at this point, to salvage it.  He points out that every failed empire in its decline more deeply entrenches itself in the very mechanisms that brought about the decline in the first place.  In our instance, there is an unabating corporatism, a continuation of harmful trade policy, a failure to address increasing inequality and on and on.  He regards the idea of a recovered future, at this juncture, as pure fantasy and suggests that we'd do better to confront the truth and practice monasticism in preparation for an eventual revival.

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