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The Criminal State

        "No government power can he abused long. Mankind will not bear it."
—Samuel Johnson

The stereotype of the British journalist—and stereotypes are usually true—has an arrogant Brit arriving in Washington, rewriting the Washington Post and the New York Times for his dispatches, and spending the rest of his time in fancy bars, where dumb natives pick up his tab. His disdain for America, having begun at a very high level, only increases with time.

Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, perhaps the best writer in contemporary newspaper journalism, does not fit the stereotype. As chief U.S. correspondent for the London Sunday Telegraph, he too could have rewritten official handouts, received either directly or through the newspapers that the government controls. Instead, putting the American as well as the British press to shame, he departed Washington to spend his time in dangerous and remote places like Arkansas and Oklahoma. After direct experience of the Clinton administration, Evans-Pritchard seems to have taken the old British saying—never believe anything until it's officially denied—as his motto. Certainly he has never accepted the federal government's word for anything, so that in the process of turning over a whole series of boulders he has discovered that modern American democracy...

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