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United States: Essays 1952-1992 - "Cue the Green God, Ted" (1989) Summary & Analysis

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With television as a mass anesthetic to indoctrinate citizens into the corporate and military-industrial complex agenda, the question in America isn't whether dissent is stifled as whether Americans know enough in the first place to form a dissenting opinion. One indication of the dumbing down of Americans—with a parallel decrease in public debate over substantive issues—is the fact that, according to Vidal, "every war that we have fought since 1945 has been by executive (or National Security Council) order," and thus illegal since the Constitution grants only Congress the authority to declare war.

Vidal bemoans the fact that foreigners find it difficult to talk about much of anything to Americans "because we appear to know so little about much of anything." History is a mystery, geography...

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