Saturday 3 December 2016

Nation divided as American dream becomes a nightmare

Published 02/10/2013 | 05:00

Despite the outrage and theatrics in the partisan TV studios, last night the average New Yorker seemed more concerned about how 'Breaking Bad' ended than what was happening down on Capitol Hill.

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And yet it is a strange vista in America when a few free-market capitalists succeed – where Marx and Mao failed – in paralysing the United States government. But that is America these days. It's a place where flag-waving, war-supporting patriots rail about the dangers of the US government, while traditionally anti-establishment, left-leaning liberals jump to the defence of the institutions of state.

The country does seem truly divided.

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