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May 19, 2020
“The American Dream” is, in its very essence, a wicked and immoral nightmare. It is a witless, myopic celebration of unfettered and unconcerned consumerism. It is blinkered, selfish gluttony elevated to the status of a religion. It does not recognise the limitations of capitalism: the lethal, self-destructive danger of sanctifying demand in a world of limited supply. The American Nightmare dismisses the effects of such avarice, even as they become increasingly and painfully evident: pollution, climate change, inequity, obesity, moral atrophy. Human society is doomed unless we recognise this outdated evil and attack as vigorously as we attack Covid-19.