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United States: Essays 1952-1992 - "The State of the Union: 1975" (1975) Summary & Analysis

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As an itinerant author, social commentator and sometime politician, Vidal condenses and extracts his speaking notes for this essay originally published in Esquire. The piece is a wide-ranging commentary on American life, or a "state of the union" address from a non-office holder. There is only one political party in the United States—the Property Party. Eighty percent of police work in America is concerned with the regulation of private morals: legalizing gambling, selling all drugs at cost to anyone with a doctor's prescription, etc. More than one-third of the federal budget is spent on "open and secret wars." Cut the defense budget and eliminate the service academies.

Vidal says the first and second world wars destroyed the old European empires and created the American, so peace reigned...

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