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5.0 out of 5 stars A nakedly predatory government, 10 July 2006
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This review is from: Imperial America: Reflections on the United States of Amnesia (Paperback)
A nakedly predatory government

This book contains only 4 new essays by Gore Vidal (about 50 pages), the other ones had already been published in his `United States Essays 1952-1992'.

Gore Vidal's attacks on the US government are ferocious and disturbing.

He lambastes rightly the enormous US defense budget ('black hole Pentagon: what goes in is forever lost'), creating in fact socialism for the rich and free enterprise for the poor. The US Treasury transfers money to the various defense industries, which in turn pay for the elections of Congress and president.

Gore Vidal sees the US republic governed by one political party, the Property Party, with two right wings.

He sees US history as a `relentless attack of the prosperous few upon the rights of the restless many, often masked as the righteous will of the majority against the deviant few.'

The words of the powerful are confuse so that people vote against their own interests. Their words are used to disguise: 'liberate a country by destroying it.' `The lies about those nonexistent weapons of mass destruction in Iraq were promptly replaced by lies about phantom hordes of terrorists preparing to overthrow the US.' To protect national security, the Patriot Act makes it possible for government agents to break into anyone's house, to oblige librarians to tell what books you have withdrawn, to collect your credit reports without judicial approval!

But his main worry is ballot fraud. The owners of the three computer companies making voting machines are Republicans. At various points between the touch of the screen and the counting of the votes, the vote can be reversed. Only employees of the manufactures can take a look inside the machines in order `to protect trade secrets'. There was no paper trail in the 2004 elections and there were inexplicable swings between the exit polls and the ultimate results.

Unlike the US government, Gore Vidal doesn't have to `Rectify his language'. His message is loud and clear and should be read by all those interested in the future of the US and mankind.

We need his voice.
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Luc REYNAERT
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