Second Thoughts on the American Dream
The Utopian Dream
A metaphor for how today’s empires imitate the empires of old. You know, like Disney is a magic kingdom, an imagined reality that is a capitalist utopia, a symbol of the American Dream.
The Dystopian Reality
We just trace over the patriarchal, misogynistic, violent, emperor-worshipping cult of the Roman Empire, then call the United States of America a capitalist and democratic constitutional republic when it has actually become an authoritarian theocratic military industrial complex exporting genocide and turning anyone who is not a Christian white supremacist into an enemy of the state. If you dare to speak out, you become a target for torture and dismemberment, as there is higher value placed on maintaining an economy that depends on the manufacture and sale of weapons, conflict management infrastructure and intelligence for nations engaged in creating humanitarian disasters.
The Great Divide
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Good War and Working writes a chronicle of the American Dream in trouble. Studs Terkel talks to 100 Americans, from housewives and bartenders to teachers and cops. What they have to say presents a candid portrait of a nation divided.