I wish I was half as erudite as Tony Judt – he succeeds in putting down America much better than I can. But, as he will surely agree – this not hard to do – Americans have already done the hard work for him. All he has to do point at what they have done.
Americans should read this – but they do not read – and are unaware of this deficiency.
He has said what they have done – now I want to say why.
Americans went through a huge change late in the 20th Century, caused by the advent of Television – and they became unable to think – unable to learn anything important – and only interested in unimportant things.
There are additional reasons for this (the Computer, for example) but I will not attempt to include all of them – but only assert the results as a accomplished fact. Anyone is free to say more.
But they probably won’t – Americans do not like to be criticized – although this has been done frequently by psychologists, sociologists, novelists and historians.
They have a tough hide, and can shrug off anything.