Essay: The Shoes of Imelda Marcos

A man's Self is the sum total of all that he can call his.

--William James, 1890

The palace doors came loose on their hinges, and the inventory began tumbling out of the overstuffed world of Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos. It was an impressive accumulation: a billion here, 800 million there; an office tower in Manhattan; a waterfront estate on Long Island; dozens of country houses in the Philippines; and even a second palace in Marcos' home province, Ilocos Norte, which almost no one knew about until now. One took the spectacle in with a feeling of wonder and disgust, something...

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