Gore Vidal's Essays

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Let us accept that we are no longer a republic governed by laws—only by armed men and force. This is just like the days of Billy the Kid. You have an armed man going down a dusty street, and that is authority. And it has come to this for us.

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Conservatives believe the recent ruling on Utah's anti-polygamy statute is the inevitable consequence of the marriage equality movement; Coca Cola is trying to stop people from drinking tap water; meanwhile, Silicon Valley techies are arrogantly promoting class war in San Francisco. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Romney’s stories on the campaign trail have been about business successes -- people who started businesses in garages and grew their companies into global giants, millionaires who began poor. Curiously absent from these narratives have been the stories of ordinary Americans caught in an economy over which they have no control. At least until now.

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Now, at least, there can be no doubt about who is waging class warfare in this presidential campaign Mitt Romney would pit the winners against the "victims," the smug-and-rich against the down-on-their-luck, the wealthy tax avoiders against those too poor to owe income tax .

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Truthdig was proud to be the home of Gore Vidal's essays over the last six years In a tribute to his legacy, we'll be rerunning his great works In this essay, written in 2009, Vidal wants us to accept that the US is no longer a republic, no longer governed by laws -- only by armed men and force .

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