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Wed, Mar. 22nd, 2006, 06:15 pm

In moments of spleen, I used to think that after America fell apart it would be remembered much as Rome is remembered - cruel, hardworking, patient at the begining, shortsighted at the end, but leaving an undeniably great, and undeniably flawed, legacy.

Looking about now, I wonder if the American experiment was not the equivalent of Imperial Russia, which is a much dodgier cultural proposition sub specie eternitatis.