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  • ISBN 156025744X
  • ISBN13 978-1560257448
  • Language English
  • Author Gore Vidal
  • Publisher Nation Books; Reprint edition (August 17, 2005)
  • Pages 208
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  • Category Social Science
  • Subcategory Politics and Government
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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."

Gore Vidal's anthology titled IMPERIAL AMERICA is an anthology of essays written between 1980s and c. 2004.

Gore Vidal's anthology titled IMPERIAL AMERICA is an anthology of essays written between 1980s and c. While these essays may seem dated to those with short memories,the theme of unbridled power, media lying, and the outer limits of hypocrisy are the same even though the "actors" are different. According to Vidal, American drive toward imperial power and central power began with the Civil War or the War of Southern Secession or the War of Southern Independence.

Imperial America book. Note well the subtitle of this book: "Reflections on the United States of Amnesia

Imperial America book. Gore Vidal has been described as the last ‘noble defender of the. Note well the subtitle of this book: "Reflections on the United States of Amnesia. Gore is here to tell us that yes we have forgotten our history, and yes what will follow is predictable. Did not Rome go from a republic to a dictatorship with a fabulous empire to so much dust in the wind? (Of course it took a while, so what's to worry?) The first two essays, "State of the Union: 2004" and "The Privatizing of the American Election" are new. The basic synamic of this war was that Northern Bankers made considerale money and have ever since became more greedy and powerful.

Vidal, Gore, 1925-2012. State of the union, 2004 - The privatizing of the American election - The day the American empire ran out of gas - A cheerful response - Armageddon? - - Notes on our patriarchal state - The national security state - The state of the union, 1980 - The second American revolution - We are the patriots - Interim report : election 2004. In this conclusion to his trilogy begun with "Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace" and continued by his "Dreaming War," Gore Vidal offers a devastating exploration of contemporary America.

Gore Vidal joins us in our firehouse studio to discuss President Bush, elections and much more.

Gore Vidal was born Eugene Luther Gore Vidal Jr. on October 3, 1925 at the . Military Academy at West Point, New York. He did not go to college but attended St. Albans School in Washington and graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire in 1943. He enlisted in the Army, where he became first mate on a freight supply ship in the Aleutian Islands.

In Imperial America, Vidal steals the thunder of a right wing America-those wh. .Reading this book following the presidential election provides an even greater level of insight into Gore Vidal's "Imperial America" than beforehand. This is the case with writers of insight, and master essayist Vidal certainly fulfills that criterion.

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Damdyagab
FALSE:

* Regarding Election 2000, Al Gore's right to a recount "was promptly denied him by a majority of the Supreme Court" and as a result, "Bush was allowed to take office without actually winning the election" and is "unelected" (pp 13-15, 163). Wow, this is exciting news! Bush can run for reelection in 2008!

* Clinton left office with a "surplus of $5.6 trillion" which by 2004 Bush had turned into "a deficit of over $4 trillion" (p 14). In point of fact, the budget deficit (not surplus) for the year Clinton left office was $32.4 billion and the FY 2004 budget deficit was $568 billion. Note that these are billions and not trillions.

* Bush's claim that Iraq sought uranium from Africa was "a lie" (p 18). The fact is that Iraq almost certainly *did* seek yellowcake uranium from Niger. The Brit's Butler Report confirmed their initial intelligence, and the Senate Intelligence Committee Report of July 7, 2004 agreed (Report p 42).

* Bush has caused "budget cuts" for the military (pp 25-27). Response: according to the CBO, Discretionary outlays for the military "rose by 54 percent between 2000 and 2004, from $295 billion to $454 billion."

* Prior to 1864 Congress had "an absolute power to raise revenue" (p 141). Response: the Constitution proscribes all kinds of taxing, such as requirements of uniformity in taxation (Art. 1, Sec. 8, cl. 1) and prohibition on taxation of exports (Art. 1, Sec. 9, cl. 5).

STUPID. So much of what Vidal writes is just plain stupid.

* "...the core secret to each presidential election is who can express his hatred of African-Americans most subtly" (p 5). Question: what does Vidal's statement say about Bill Clinton?

* In the early 1970s "[w]e...leaned...on the British to criminalize the sale and consumption of drugs..." (p 8). Yeah, right. We can push around a great power over their internal drug treatment policies. This is totally unsupported by an external reference.

* Preemptive warfare is "lawless" and "illegal" (pp 9, 27). Says who? Was the 6-Day War lawless and illegal?

* The War on Terrorism is as nonsensical a notion as a "war on dandruff" (p 15). When was the last time dandruff killed 3,000 people? Is dandruff actively seeking nuclear weapons?

* War against religious fanatics is impossible because "there can be no war without a country" (p 15). Question: what is every unsuccessful civil war?

* Bush could be the first president to preside over "a mutiny" (p 27). Question: what was the Civil War -- a polite disagreement up and down the chain of command?

* Bush's tax cuts have caused a reduction in "government revenues" (p 28). Question: why is it then that federal revenues have gone from $1.99 trillion in 2001 to $2.154 trillion in 2005?

* Stalin's political system before World War II was "neo-conservative" (p 42). I'm not joking. He really wrote that.

* The phrase "in God we trust" on coins is "illegal" (p 82). Question: illegal according to whom?

* The nation-state "is a nineteenth-century invention" (p 86). And this from a supposed historian. Actually, the nation-state is a seventeenth century creation, arising from the Peace of Westphalia.

* "...this sudden worldwide desire for tribal identity is healthy..." (p 86). Question: did it work out well for the Rwandans?

INTERNALLY INCONSISTENT.

* "All drugs should be legalized and sold at cost to anyone with a doctor's prescription" (pp 7-8). Question: why should I have to go to a doctor if I want drugs? Isn't that just the kind of patriarchal governmental control over our private lives that Vidal claims to oppose (p 81)?

* Vidal advocates curtailment of political campaigns to just a few weeks (p 99), and points to Gov. Schwarzenegger as emblematic of the evils of the current system (p 11). But Arnold Schwarzenegger announced his candidacy on August 7, 2003 and was elected on October 7, 2003, with his campaign lasting only 8 weeks, far, far less than the one or two years of most campaigns. Vidal picks the one guy to criticize who actually followed his campaign advice!

* One of Vidal's biggest internal contradictions is the problem of coercion. Vidal is actually very similar to Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell, in that he doesn't want any governmental coercion -- except for the governmental coercion he likes. Question: why should Vidal be in favor of keeping the government from controlling the private behavior between consenting adults in the bedroom, but not in the boardroom? Hmmm? Hat tip: Robert Solow.

* "But surely a sweeping generality is more dangerous than any particularity" (p 93). Like that one?

FASCISTIC. Casual readers might be surprised to see the label of fascist attached to the grandfather of American liberalism. They might argue that while Vidal is certainly a statist and perhaps an authoritarian (read about his longing for a powerful parliamentarian system on pp 127-130), he's not a fascist since he's also anti-military and a pacifist. But the fact is that Vidal's normative vision of America (radical wealth redistribution; curtailment of free speech rights (p 11); elimination of the propertied class) would require massive forced transfer of property, and a top-to-bottom forced reordering of economic and governmental structures and social norms. That won't be accomplished by the Girl Scouts. It'll be accomplished the way it's always accomplished wherever it's done: by men with guns, only some of whom will be in uniform and carrying badges. Just because Vidal doesn't state the means to his end doesn't mean those means can be ignored.

FINAL THOUGHT. At one point in this extremely poorly written, ill-conceived, hasty, anachronistic, sloppy, irrelevant and just generally laughably idiotic book, Vidal warns the reader "as societies grow decadent, the language grows decadent too..." (p 52). Mr. Vidal, Mr. Exhibit A, I couldn't agree more.
Delagamand
Vidal is not anti-America.
He is critical of its bad government.
He is angry at injustices, power-mongering, greed and stupidity.
In the old days, Vidal would be like John the Baptist or some sage trying to make people listen and change.
But in today's human realm, perhaps his voice is not taken seriously.
Mr_Mix
Gore Vidal's anthology titled IMPERIAL AMERICA is an anthology of essays written between 1980s and c. 2004. While these essays may seem dated to those with short memories,the theme of unbridled power, media lying, and the outer limits of hypocrisy are the same even though the "actors" are different.

Vidal cites historical anecdotes and comments from the Founding Fathers about the perils of political power. According to Vidal, American drive toward imperial power and central power began with the Civil War or the War of Southern Secession or the War of Southern Independence. The basic synamic of this war was that Northern Bankers made considerale money and have ever since became more greedy and powerful.

Vidal's description of the Spanish-American War includes the bloody suppression of the people of the Phillipines who were promised independence in 1898 only to have such promises and oaths revoked. The subsequent war of suppression which probably lasted from 1898 to 1902 costing over 200,000 lives.

Vidal's description of the Cold War is as clear a presentation of trends and events as this reviewer has read. What U.S. authorities could have gained by policy, they tried to get by military force. Vidal explains that the reasons for this use of force was/is to enhance arms executives, oil executives, and bankers at the expense of U.S. taxpayers.

Many times U.S. citizens are not alert to the "Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace" trends because journalists and yes, historians repeat the same distortions and lies. Due to corportate executives controlling newpapers and other media sources, journalists, and academicians have "sold their soul" to please corporate masters and bankers. If one reflects on sensationalist news stories for the past 60 years, he/she will discover that most of these stories were lies, exaggerations, and distoritions. When some honest historians corrected any of these distoritions, the corrections got little or no attention. Or, anyone who made such an honest effort was badly smeared by "offical panals" of liars in the absence of the person in question. In fact, this is exactly what happened to Vidal himself. The montior of the panal was Roger Mudd (Mud?) who made all sorts of accusations against Vidal when Vidal was not on the panal to defend himself. The fact is Roger Mudd is a coward.

Vidal gives clear evidence of unbridled power and hypocrisy. He also suggests means of ending the corrpution of a centralized police state. He suggests a return to the concept of federalism and uses the examle of the Swiss. Notice the Swiss stay out of war and have high living standards. Vidal suggests that U.S. citizens could locate in areas that satisfy their cultural and social preferences.

One feature of Vidal's essays that should catch readers' attention is his criticism of the U.S. Supreme Court justices whom Vidal accuses of giving legal sanction to what is otherwise illegal and unconstitutional. This trend has only accelerated since the 1980s, and Vidal presents brief but concise explanations of these Supreme Court decisions.

While some may think some of these essays are redundant, they need to be. Those with short memories need repeated reminders of serious problems or, as the subtitle of the book reads REFLCETIONS ON THE UNITED STATES OF AMNESIA. Vidals depth of knowledge and writing style make these essays well worth reading.
Peras
Mr. Gore has an in depth and uncanny view of American Politics and he is right on. Would that we could have leaders such as Mr. Gore running the Country. I can only dream of what could have been while I suffer the ineptitude and greed of modern day politicians. We need more like Mr. Gore who can stir the masses and demand change.