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By Peter Swirski

Via a dialogue of numerous artwork and media equivalent to apocalyptic thrillers, rap, and tv, Swirski debunks the yank political method, sieving out truth from a sea of bipartisan untruths. attractive with shut research and a number of case reports, this publication forges a extra actual photo of up to date American tradition and of the United States itself.

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Not a word about the bloody coups of the 1970s, the Soviet occupation of the 1980s, or the subsequent Moscow-installed puppet regimes in Kabul. Not much more on the merciless civil war between the mujahideen factions of the 1990s, the rise of the tyrannical Taliban, and the illegitimate US and NATO suzerainty throughout the 2000s and 2010s. In 2013 North Korean state media removed almost their entire online archive following the execution of a top politician who had fallen out of favor with the regime headed by his nephew, the ruling dictator Kim Jong-un.

In the fourth century BC, with the Ionian and Aegean regions balkanized into hundreds of city-states ruled by oligarchies or monarchies, Pericles’s demokratia, or people’s power, put an end to the privileges of the Areopagus, transferred the legislative authority to the Assembly, and enfranchized every adult male citizen to participate in public affairs. Yet from the start, participation in democratic self-rule was strictly limited. Women, slaves, and foreign-born Athenians were excluded outright, at a stroke shrinking a city-state of under two hundred thousand to no more than thirty thousand.

That is why behind his satirical récitt of the history of the ancient Greek imperial democracy and the Dutch corporate regime—peppered with his puckish, other times scathing, ad libs—always lurk the decades 22 AMERICAN POLITICAL FICTIONS that belonged to John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard M. Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, and Ronald Reagan. Stitching these disparate epochs and geographical locations is the painting depicting one of the world’s greatest philosophers, executed by one of the world’s greatest painters, purchased in 1961 by one of the greatest American museums for then the greatest sum of money ever spent on a work of visual art.

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