Poseur Alert

"I still don't think there's reason to despair of this country. No matter how many derangements, dysfunctions, driftings there may be ... no matter how fragmented the political and social space may be; despite this nihilist hypertrophy of petty antiquarian memory; despite this hyperobesity - increasingly less metaphorical - of the great social bodies that form the invisible edifice of the country; despite the utter misery of the ghettos ... I can't manage to convince myself of the collapse, heralded in Europe, of the American model," - Bernard-Henri Levy, as quoted in the New York Times.