America on the Verge

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Rolling Stone’s Matt Taibbi says that America is a nation on the verge of a nervous breakdown. He traveled across the country in the post-9/11 era and wrote about what he found in The Great Derangement: A Terrifying True Story of War, Politics, and Religion at the Twilight of the American Empire.

Comments [14]

joe from brooklyn from brooklyn

i still can't seem to stream this part of the show.

The Lopate Show responds: Thank you for alerting us to this problem. We are working on making the audio available.

Aug. 18 2008 06:53 PM
joe from brooklyn from brooklyn

why can't i listen to this online?

The Lopate Show responds:
You will be able to listen to this on our live audio stream at noon EST or later this afternoon, when all of the show's audio is made available.

Aug. 15 2008 10:48 AM
seth from NYC

It's about power and money.
Listen to Eisenhower's farewell address, it is long and articulate, and somewhere in the middle he speaks of the forces that drive and manipulate the U.S. to war, which is the Military Industrial Complex. You can now add the glut of Contractors/Mercenaries to the mix as well as Surveillance companies.
He knew.

also, right on, scnex from harlem- well said.

Aug. 14 2008 02:38 PM
scnex from harlem

well with this the world will be a better place... have an issue with- guess what?

Aug. 14 2008 02:16 PM
scnex from harlem

if you would simply goto the record of wtc1 and 2 both building were shutdown for over one week which was unprecedented; as well as wtc7 which no one will touch being that it showed classic signs of demolition as well as never as hit by anything... this is just the tip. stop the red and get with the true program of oligarchy, not conspiracy. many gov. have used this in the past, oh you forgot the attack on peril harbor and the reports from other gov. just like the one from india... come on...

let us stop the redirect... i cannot understand the ignorance of the white male to see its corrupt ways as well as hatred for life itself.. it is clear you cannot expect white males to understand the nature of their destructive ways... this is the nature that should be addressed here... find out why this is and with world will be a better place..

Aug. 14 2008 02:11 PM
seth from NYC

I agree with Chad about that the event was used as a push to war- I am not a "truther" either, but i have read and seen many things that really make me question the "official story"

Aug. 14 2008 02:05 PM
seth from NYC

check the news clips from that morning- nearly every reporter, on every network and cable news channel talks about "secondary explosions."

Firefighters who survived talk of the lobby being blown out, explosions coming from the basement, explosions coming from multiple floors nowhere near the impact of the planes. There is a lot of video evidence.... just saying... there was also a report from a worker who was told the friday before to back up all systems because the power was going to be down all that weekend.

Why was the steel shipped off and melted down so quickly? It was a crime scene, not a war zone.

There are many reasons to be suspicious.

Aug. 14 2008 02:02 PM
Chad from UES

I'm not a 9/11 "Truther" but certainly the Bush administration used 9/11 to go to war with Iraq.

Also Osama bin Ladan is still on the lamb. What is that about?

Aug. 14 2008 01:57 PM
Chad from UES

Thanks for exposing AIPAC!

This war is about Oil and it's important to keep that at the top of Iraq discussion.

Aug. 14 2008 01:53 PM
PJayy from Ridgewood NJ

This malarkey about remembering a trauma in your past is the oldest trick in the book. Often done to make you cry or otherwise show extreme emotion. Used by virtually all cults and, as you've stated, many "religions".

Aug. 14 2008 01:50 PM
Joe Adams from Bergen County, New Jersey

Please, don't rerun. Old programs could be accessed via the archives. There have been wonderful substitute hosts like Jeffrey Toobin.
Keep current

Aug. 14 2008 01:31 PM
hjs from 11211

i know this is a rerun

but i'm going to go further and say this nation suffers from mental illness.
i don't know when it started the great depression? on the slave ships, the nightmare of immigrating. children learn bad behavior from their parents. we are greedy, violent and self destructive among other issues.

Aug. 14 2008 01:07 PM

I could have sworn we were already in the midst of a nervous breakdown....

Aug. 14 2008 12:25 PM
jtt from nyc

great phrase. it really captures how things have been feeling.

Aug. 14 2008 12:11 PM

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