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Vol. 4, No. 53 -- December 30, 2011
This week in New World Notes, radio program #200, January 3, 2012
With great wit and humor--and clever specific examples--cultural historian Morris Berman argues a gloomy main point: American civilization as we know it is doomed. Few prophets of doom are as enjoyable to listen to as Berman, though.
Here he discusses 13 ways America is going to hell in a handbasket.
(#2 includes this item: the new American History school curriculum in Texas has a unit on Estee Lauder but not George Washington. Berman asks: Why not Kim Kardashian?)
With a preface by KD on Berman's ideas.
From an hour-long talk by Berman in Seattle, November 4, 2011. Video of the entire talk available from Pirate TV Seattle, complete audio track from Unwelcome Guests.
Berman's most recent book is Why America Failed: The Roots of Imperial Decline (Wiley, 2011).
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Series overview: Political and social commentary in a variety of genres. Exploring the gap between what we want ... and what they're trying to make us settle for.
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