I’m talking about Harold Pinter’s rant against American and UK foreign policy, vaguely masqueraded as a Nobel Prize acceptance speech (full text). Like the Swedish Academy put it, Pinter “uncovers the precipice under everyday prattle and forces entry into oppression’s closed rooms.”

You have to hand it to America. It has exercised a quite clinical manipulation of power worldwide while masquerading as a force for universal good. It’s a brilliant, even witty, highly successful act of hypnosis.

I put to you that the United States is without doubt the greatest show on the road. … Brutal, indifferent, scornful and ruthless it may be, but it is also very clever. As a salesman it is out on its own and its most saleable commodity is self-love.

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