I've been bemoaning the state of journalism lately, but this piece has nearly single-handedly changed my mind. This long essay in London's Daily Telegraph the best piece of journalism I've read this year (and possibly for several years):
Graham Turner spent five weeks travelling throughout America talking to all sorts of people, members of the administration, presidents of great universities, military commanders, chief executive officers of giant corporations and banks - and a host of ordinary citizens. In this three part series, he reports his findings.
He makes so many extraordinary observations and articulately re-states so many truths about the US and its increasingly imperial world view. It's lengthy (and requires free registration), but is well worth it. I'd be curious to read an American response to this piece.
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