Thursday, August 14, 2008

This Week on BMJ - August 5, 2008

from the Bill Moyers Journal NEWSLETTER - Friday, August 15, 2008

“As the congress has moved to the margins, as the president has moved to the center of our politics, the presidency itself has come to be, I think, less effective. The system is broken."
- Andrew J. Bacevich


Is an imperial presidency destroying what America stands for? Bill Moyers sits down with former US Army Colonel Andrew J. Bacevich who identifies three major problems facing our democracy: the crises of economy, government and militarism, and calls for a redefinition of the American way of life. “Because of this preoccupation with the presidency,” says Bacevich, “the president has become what we have instead of genuine politics, instead of genuine democracy.” Respected across the political spectrum, Bacevich has contributed to THE NATION, THE AMERICAN CONSERVATIVE, and FOREIGN AFFAIRS, among others, and his latest book is THE LIMITS OF POWER: THE END OF AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM. Bacevich is a professor of history and international relations at Boston University.

An imperial presidency? Respond to Bacevich's assessment of government today.

JOURNAL writer Michael Winship on Andrew Bacevich, America and the World.
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