HST on America

I am reading Kingdom of Fear by Hunter S. Thompson… and coincidentally am updating my Classics on America series with this post.

So here goes… Hunter S. Thompson on the United States of America in select quotes from Kingdom of Fear chosen by me:

It would be easy to say that we owe it all to the Bush family from Texas, but that would be too simplistic. They are only errand boys for the vengeful, bloodthirsty cartel of raving Jesus-freaks and super-rich money mongers who have ruled this country for at least the last 20 years, and arguably for the past 200. They take orders well, and they don’t ask too many questions. The real power in America is held by a fast-emerging new Oligarchy of pimps and preachers who see no need for democracy or fairness or even trees, except maybe the ones in their own yards, and they don’t mind admitting it. They worship money and power and death. Their ideal solution to all the nation’s problems would be another 100 Year War.

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A. came rushing around the corner with a computer printout in her hands. “The President is threatening to seize the Saudi Arabian oil fields if they don’t help us wipe out the Evil of Terrorism — seize them by military force”. The look on her face was stricken, as if World War IV had just started. “This is insane!” she wailed. “We can’t just go over there and invade Saudi Arabia“.

I believe, in fact I am very sure, there was such a plan which came very near to being implemented, and it still exists as a fully detailed war plan.

… The fat is in the fire. Today’s pig is tomorrow’s bacon.

Very true and topical as of now in particular.

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