[Marxism] America, seen through a French monocle

Walter Lippmann walterlx at earthlink.net
Mon Apr 17 13:43:12 MDT 2006

Opposition to Washington's torture-prison at Guantanamo shows up
in some pleasantly-surprising locations. One of my subscribers sent
me this note a few moments ago this morning:

Meanwhile, I presume you've read about this new book by the
well-known French lefty Bernard-Henri Levy, "American Vertigo," and
his take on America. In sum, in the part about South Florida, he said
Miami Cubans are irrational, self-centered egomaniacs who hold no
sway outside of Miami Dade County.

To quote:

"The Cubans aren't happy. With the collapse of communism and the
laser pointer of universal history directed at other countries, they
discover that they serve no purpose, no longer play the slightest
role in the geostrategy of an America struggling against a new evil
empire, and that when this very America chooses Guantanamo to
imprison its enemies, Fidel figures nearly as an ally, while they,
the former heroes of antitotaliarian struggle, figure as
trouble-makers and intruders."

I quickly Googled the guy and found this:

In "American Vertigo," Levy keeps Tocqueville's original assignment
-- to examine the U.S. prison system, deducing what its prisons imply
about America's inequality and racism. He includes Guantanamo, in
Cuba, a place the Bush administration (led by the "childlike,
archdemagogue who happens to be president") insists is not part of
the American system at all, where prisoners are thus neither tried
nor treated as prisoners of war. But Levy sees Guantanamo as the
quintessential American prison, a miniature of the larger system, a
disaster that should be closed for the health of American democracy.)

America, seen through a French monocle 
Sunday, February 05, 2006

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