My snap judgment of Fred’s debate performance was that, yes, his campaign’s still alive — but people want comfortable mediocrity. Upon further reflection it now occurs to me that Fred’s rejoinders to the rampant allegations of laziness arrayed against him very strikingly teach us about of one of the greatest problems facing America today: the dilemma of greatness in a democracy. It all involves Stendhal, Tocqueville, Andy Warhol, Max Weber, and the (International) Noise Conspiracy. Here’s why.
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