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Going Dickensian On The Fake Empire

April 13, 2011

“The Straight Dope.” Bill Moyers talks to David Simon. Go read it.

Bill Moyers: Do you really believe, as you said to those students at Loyola, that we’re not going to make it?

David Simon: We’re not going to make it as a first-rate empire. And I’m not sure that that’s a bad thing in the end. Empires end, and that doesn’t mean cultures end completely, and it doesn’t even mean that for nation-states. If you looked at Britain in 1952 and what was being presided over by Anthony Eden and those guys, you’d have said, “Man, what’s going to be left?” But Britain’s still there, and they’ve come to terms with what they can and can’t do. Americans are still sort of in an age of delusion, I think. A lot of our foreign policy represents that. And this notion that the markets were always going to go up, and that once we had invested stocks to death, we could create some new equity out of nothing.

via Guernica.

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One Comment
  1. April 16, 2011 2:54 pm

    There are other promos for Treme season 2 on the HBO site, all worth checking out.

    They also put up 35:04 worth of video of last October’s Tulane symposium on “Treme,” right there on the HBO website.

    Love, C.

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