The New York Times: Gore Vidal, 1925-2012: Prolific, Elegant, Acerbic Writer
The world is a darker and dumber place today.
And he tried to warn us:
Let us accept the facts staring us in the face—that demonstrably we are no longer a republic. We are no longer governed by laws, only by armed men and force. This is just like the days of Billy the Kid. You have an armed man going down a dusty street and that is authority. And it has come to this for us.
We have always had wise and brave civilians. It is the military and the politicians and the media that one frets about.
He has escaped it all. God rest his soul.