I don't share Joe Bageant's hope that democratic socialism somehow rises up to save the day, or even that it could were it tried somewhere. But Joe does a good job of presenting the fallacies of our current political policies and heroes.
If you ask me for a solution to America's ills, I don't have one: nothing formed by the hand of man will work. We are the last empire, the feet made of iron and clay and we are soon to be broken to pieces.
Read Joe. You'll laugh and you may cry, if you have a heart.