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Lewis Lapham holds a mirror so that America can see itself

Here are few of the many insights given in Lights, Camera, Democracy! by Lewis Lapham (2001), a book I strongly recommend every American read.  He paints portraits of us, and they’re seldom pretty.   I hope they’ll help shock us back to consciousness. Observations in the preface about the Presidential election of 2000 What was wanted was a figurehead …

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About campaigns for high office in America – we always expect a better result from the same process

The news media proclaim continuous change — each chapter equally surprising — in the American political soap opera.  The real story is one of continuity, like the changing of the seasons.  Campaigns reflect in magnified form the irrational concerns of the alarmed cattle that the American people have become. About American political campaigns, an excerpt …

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The media – a broken component of America’s machinery to observe and understand the world

Summary:  This post examines our broken mainstream media, a vital component of America’s observation-orientation-decision-action loop (the OODA loop).  Mark Steyn provides a a current illustration; Lewis Lapham shows that this results from a long period of decay.  At the end are links to other articles on this subject. The apparatus by which America sees the world, the news …

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What past President does Obama most closely resemble?

We can only guess at what the Obama Administration will do, and what mark it will make on America.   One method of guessing:  playing the “what past president does Obama most closely resemble” game.  This essay provides some haunting similarities between Obama and one of our more interesting presidents, one whose election reveals much about how modern …

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