It is a contagion. In the words of Zorba the Greek, "the whole catastrophe!"
Roberts' book is a singular warning. He recapitulates, implicitly or explicitly, arguments about the nature of the state and democracy that have been with us since the time of Jefferson and Hamilton--and long before then in the Roman republic and in Greece's brilliant, but tragically flawed, ancient democracy. These are arguments about the consolidation of power, the privileges of power, the efficiencies of the state and the community, and the sovereignty and dignity of individuals.
"Hell is other people," Sartre told us in "No Exit." We must deal with the nature of the beast in the Labyrinth--and in the human heart if we are to find our way out of the current imbroglio. There is this fragile, tenuous hope: If we are alert, informed, brave, and wise about the infinite capacity for human folly and corruption, we may find safe passage. That, of course, is a very big "if"!
Gary Corseri has published his work at hundreds of websites and periodicals worldwide, including OpEdNews, Counterpunch, The Village Voice and The New York Times. He has published 2 novels and 2 collections of poetry, edited a literary anthology, and his dramas have been produced on PBS-Atlanta and elsewhere. He has taught at US public schools and prisons and at US and Japanese universities. He has performed his work at the Carter Presidential Library. Contact: Email address removed .