American Notes: The Future Holds Thee

At the near edge of the '70s, Americans have a sense that they—and perhaps the rest of mankind—are approaching a future uniquely and utterly unknown, except for its dangers. Pollution succeeds nukes as the likeliest means of self-destruction. The Russians and Chinese may never attack, but what about the black and white radicals at home? And what if such rebellions should arouse a repression presided over by ideological jackboots? There are historical patterns of such moods, recurring cycles of hope and dread. Nearly a century ago, in the midst of the American...

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