Bill Moyers' Interview With Andrew J. Bacevich Should Be Required Viewing For Americans
POSTED ON 8/25/2008 | PERMALINK |
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Bill Moyers sits down with history and international relations expert and former US Army Colonel Andrew J. Bacevich who identifies three major problems facing our democracy: the crises of economy, government and militarism, and calls for a redefinition of the American way of life. "Because of this preoccupation with the presidency,” says Bacevich, “the president has become what we have instead of genuine politics, instead of genuine democracy." Respected across the political spectrum, Bacevich has contributed to The Nation, The American Conservative, Foreign Affairs, among others, and his latest book is The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism.
I recently watched this on my iPhone to pass the time on an exceptionally long train ride from NYC to Rhode Island. Bacevich delivers some hard truths that American citizens are unlikely to accept any time soon. While our willful ignorance and insistence on living beyond our means saddens me, it's heartening to know that a man of this stature is speaking up. I'll definitely pick up a copy of his book.
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