American Political Fictions: War on Errorism in Contemporary by Peter Swirski

By Peter Swirski

Via a dialogue of various artwork and media reminiscent of apocalyptic thrillers, rap, and tv, Swirski debunks the yank political process, sieving out truth from a sea of bipartisan untruths. attractive with shut research and a number of case reports, this booklet forges a extra actual photo of up to date American tradition and of the US itself.

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Why are we talking? ” (281) 26 AMERICAN POLITICAL FICTIONS It is, of course, ironic that the very empires that permitted Thucydides and Heller to crucify them in writing, afforded them so much to crucify. In his classic of political philosophy, The City and Man (1963), Leo Strauss even remarked on the fact that Thucydides’s philippics were curiously tolerated by the authorities, most probably to provide a social vent that would leave their imperial ambitions intact. More contemporarily, novelist and historian Tom Holt appended a comic chorus to this thesis in his twin satires of the Periclean city-state, Goatsongg (1989) and The Walled Orchard d (1990).

True enough, Picture This flouts every rule taught in creative writing classes. Piling fact upon fact and trivia upon trivia, it wastes no opportunity to digress into—among a myriad others—thumbnail biographies of Alexander the Great, William of Orange, Philip II, or Spinoza among disquisitions on curing herring, the invention of the telescope, and the Dutch shipbuilding industry, not to mention Rembrandt’s birthweight, schooling, marital and extramarital life, and even such crumbs of art history as the fact that the corpse in Rembrandt’s The Anatomy Lesson of Dr.

With history as a witness, virtue in American politics has been in rather conspicuous abeyance, routinely shortchanging the public with gamesmanship in lieu of statesmanship. The mythos of high morals in high office was debunked already by Plutarch, who went as far as to aphorize in Parallel Lives that people would be far happier if kings were philosophers and philosophers kings. The Athenian democracy may have produced the most delicious honey, he conceded in his biography of Dion—student of Plato and an unvirtuous tyrant of Syracuse—but also the most deadly hemlock.

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