Morris Berman: “A Postmortem For a Dying Nation”

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Why the American Empire Was Destined to Collapse

Interview with author and social critic Morris Berman  who says the fact that we’re a nation of hustlers lies at the root of our decline.

by Nomi Prins/ AlterNet/ March 7, 2012

Several years after the Wall Street-ignited crisis began, the nation’s top bank CEOs (who far out-accumulated their European and other international counterparts) continue to hobnob with the president at campaign dinners where each plate costs more than one out of four US households make in a year. Financial bigwigs lead their affluent lives, unaffected, unremorseful, and unindicted for wreaking havoc on the nation. Why? Because they won. They hustled better. They are living the American Dream.

This is not the American Dream that says if you work hard you can be more comfortable than your parents; but rather, if you connive well, game the rules, and rule the…

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