The Nature of Addiction by Roget Lockard, M.Ed.

Beginning With Fire

The Story of Addiction, Human Nature, and Evolution

Chapter Sketches

Chapter Eight — The Disenchantment of America

Applying the understandings developed earlier in this section to America, we pick up where we left off in Chapter Five. After the decade-long “high” following America’s triumphant conclusion of WWII, things began to fall apart, beginning, arguably, with the rude awakening of Sputnik. Historical and cultural highlights illustrate addictive progression in the superorganism of America. We also review the presence of addictive traits, thinking and behaviors in the series of American Presidencies since WWII, beginning with Truman’s, and culminating with George W. Bush’s — incontestably the most addictive presidential administration of modern times. We note that Bush’s claim of personal “sobriety” is more than merely ironic, but typifies the Orwellian linguistic contortions that characterize late-stage progression. The chapter closes with descriptions of how America’s hitting bottom process is already well underway, heralding possibilities ranging from apocalyptic to redemptive — and various scenarios combining “all of the above.”

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Historical and cultural highlights illustrate addictive progression in the superorganism of America. We also review the presence of addictive traits, thinking and behaviors in the series of American Presidencies since WWII, beginning with Truman’s, and culminating with George W. Bush’s — incontestably the most addictive presidential administration of modern times.