Anecdotes

Taken in by America
An outsider's look at America and the American
Chapter 3, 'The Staircase Group'
Chapter 4, 'The Show Business'
Chapter 7, 'The Private Eye'
Chapter 21, 'Two Tricks'
Chapter 24, 'Real Copy'
Chapter 26, 'Ole Miss'
Chapter 27, 'Mercurius at Monticello'
Chapter 28, 'Transformation and Redemption'
Chapter 29, 'Mad Men'
Chapter 27, 'Mercurius at Monticello'

... London, Kentucky—Daniel Boone’s Wilderness Road put it on the map in the era of trans-Appalachian westward expansion—was more upmarket than the coal mining towns in the mountains, more country music than folk hillbilly, the type of place where the cops were sharp and the crooks stupid.
A couple of down at heel drifters asked a London policeman for directions but the officer became suspicious when he saw a mask on the back seat of their automobile; he arrested the robbers and the townsfolk breathed easy. The miscreants had done the crime and will do the time.
The U. S. Treasury bought shares in nine U. S. banks that same day. Since finance capital invariably exploits the principle of moral hazard, the fabulously wealthy American’s masquerade is impenetrable. Private profit, socialised losses—Reaganomics 101.

Chapter 28, 'Transformation and Redemption'

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