The United States of Gulliver

Excerpt: It's hard to believe that we enlightened, practical, eyes-wide-open Americans are living in a fable, a virtual fairy tale – but more and more evidence is making the case that we are. The "fairy tale" I refer to is actually a witty satire written by the brilliant author/politician Jonathan Swift in 1726. Because it was such an entertaining piece, it became a famous children's story; but that was not the original intention of the author. Swift himself said, "The chief end I propose to myself in all my labors is to vex the world rather than divert it."

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