David Bentley Hart on ‘America’

Gustave Doré - Pantagruel's meal (1854).jpg

‘America — with its decaying infrastructure, its third-world public transit, its shrinking labor market, its evaporating middle class, its expanding gulf between rich and poor, its heartless health insurance system, its mindless indifference to a dying ecology, its predatory credit agencies, its looming Social Security collapse, its interminable war, its metastasizing national debt and all the social pathologies that gave it a degenerate imbecile and child-abducting sadist as its president — remains the only developed economy in the world that believes it wrong to use civic wealth for civic goods. Its absurdly engorged military budget diverts hundreds of billions of dollars a year from the public weal to those who profit from the military-industrial complex. Its plutocratic policies and libertarian ethos are immune to all appeals of human solidarity. It towers over the world, but promises secure shelter only to the fortunate few’.

– David Bentley Hart, ‘The New York Yankees Are a Moral Abomination’. The New York Times, 14 July 2018.

[Image: Gustave Doré, ‘Pantagruel’s meal’ (1854)]

6 thoughts on “David Bentley Hart on ‘America’

  1. Rob:
    You’re quite wrong. Hart is no fan of Hillary, and is no fan of the Democratic Party. You obviously don’t know whom you’re talking about.
    MA

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  2. Of all the US presidents of my lifetime, Donald Trump is – sadly – the most attuned to the need to destroy the evils Hart mentions. To criticize the president is necessary, but to treat him as worse than his recent prædecessors is farcical.

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