Democratic US 2020 election presidential candidates Pete Buttigieg, Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, Kirsten Gillibrand and Michael Bennet seen at the Democratic candidates debate [Reuters]

Oh, how Gore Vidal is missed.

Perhaps the United States‘ only true 20th century renaissance man, Vidal’s intellect was boundless, informed by his prodigious reading, writing and intimate understanding of history, philosophy, and ancient civilisations – among so many other unfashionable disciplines these days.

A writer of such singular breadth, nuance and virtuosity, Vidal never shied away from using his pen as a tool to first expose, then eviscerate the one-party oligarchy and surveillance state the US had long ago become and the propagandists who populate it.

Of course, I couldn’t help but think of what Vidal would

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