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“Lights, Camera, Democracy” by Lewis Lapham

Lewis Latpham is among the most trenchant observers of American society (see his Wikipedia entry for a bio).  This is an excerpt from “Lights, Camera, Democracy”, a chapter in his book Waiting for the Barbarians (1997). These are observations from a dinner party on East 64th Street.  It was originally published in August5 1996. To …

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The magic of the mainstream media changes even the plainest words into face powder

A major theme of this site is America’s broken connection with reality.  The late John Boyd (Colonel, USAF) described this connection as our observation-orientation-decision-action-loop (the OODA loop).   A key component of the OODA loop for western societies is the mainstream media. As is obvious by now, America’s professional media has decayed durign the past few decades.  A …

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Are Americans still willing to bear the burden of self-government?

Excerpt from Money and Class in America, Lewis Lapham (1988).  Lapham talks about America’s decreasing willingness to bear the burden of self-government, a long-standing theme of this site (at the end you will see links to other posts on this subject). The Precarious Eden (page 158-159) Under a republican form of government the citizenry supposedly …

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A note on the green religion, one of the growth industries in America

This is another in a series of posts examining the deterioration of America’s ability to cope with reality, called the observation-orientation-decision-action loop (aka the OODA loop; at the end are links to other chapters in the series). The rise of the Green religion is an example of this, as the previously majority religion (in Lewis Laptham’s …

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