From Solidarity, Dianne Feeley on how the formality of democracy may be held sacred in the USA, but the substance is crumbling. David Rothkopf on how to solve all of America’s problems in a single step. From The Utopian, Ron Tabor on the nature of the period. George Scialabba reviews The Short American Century: A Postmortem, ed. Andrew Bacevich. Thomas H. Naylor, Kirkpatrick Sale, James Starkey, and Charles Keil offer up a Montpelier Manifesto: “Citizens, lend your name to this manifesto and join in the honorable task of rejecting the immoral, corrupt, decaying, dying, failing American Empire and seeking its rapid and peaceful dissolution before it takes us all down with it”. A review of Decline of the USA by Edward Fullbrook. In the twilight of empire: Jeff Faux on how America’s past performance is no guarantee of a future. Paul Pillar on why empires fail. America, the Insecure: Hey, America — you're good enough, you're smart enough, and doggone it, people like you. Thomas Jefferson defends America with a moose: Europeans said America was “degenerate” — Jefferson was obsessed with proving them wrong.