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Started by chacqueschirac on Aug 29, 2021 8:19:09 AM
American power

“The global order that America helped to establish in the second half of the 20th century is changing fast. In this collection of commentaries, global thinkers examine the sources of America’s power and the forces changing it. They offer predictions and prescriptions for the future. The series looks broadly at America’s power, from its chaotic abandonment of Afghanistan to the rise of China. It also considers the internal forces at work in the United States.”

chacqueschirac - 06 Nov 2021 07:30:40 (#1 of 14)

Sounds like American power is a bit off topic. A bit last century.

guigal - 06 Nov 2021 08:12:54 (#2 of 14)

At last, you've found the media you've been looking for. The Economist is that fount of wisdom that is worth reading in the swamp of journalism dominated by profit-driven publications whose journalists are obedient servants of big money individuals, families and corporations.

ReverendBlueJeans - 06 Nov 2021 08:24:26 (#3 of 14)

D'you prefer McGonagall's tragedies, or his portraits of places, Chackers?

guigal - 06 Nov 2021 08:51:35 (#4 of 14)


There is an interesting discussion to be had here that would be helped by the absence of a clown in tartan trews.

virgil5 - 06 Nov 2021 09:02:56 (#5 of 14)

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chacqueschirac - 06 Nov 2021 10:57:31 (#6 of 14)

Of course Chomsky is always worth a read:

“Once we abstract ourselves from thinking “we are exceptional” and universalise issues, we start treating ourselves by the same standards that we apply to others. (On moral grounds we should hold ourselves to higher standards, but put that aside.) Why treat ourselves differently? Once we face this question, the world looks very different.”

guigal - 06 Nov 2021 11:03:44 (#7 of 14)

Noam Chomsky on the cruelty of American imperialism The United States remains unrivalled in military and economic strength, with terrible consequences for the world, says an American foreign-policy critic

This undermines the theory that the 'commercial press' functions by financing boosterism for 'the West'. Why on earth would readers of the Economist want to read propaganda?

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chacqueschirac - 06 Nov 2021 11:22:33 (#9 of 14)

This undermines the theory that the 'commercial press' functions by financing boosterism for 'the West'.

Did you bother to read the other pieces?

brooklyn - 06 Nov 2021 14:08:36 (#10 of 14)

<<At last, you've found the media you've been looking for. The Economist is....>>

I'm not sure "at last" is correct. chalk seems to have a subscription; hey, I can't get through the paywall, and I'm supposed to be among the petit bourgeois that sources like the Economist are meant to fool.

I can't read much past the headlines. this was my favorite:

<<Minxin Pei on why China will not surpass the United States - China will continue its rapid growth for a time, but it faces big obstacles—not least its ageing population and the stifling rule of the current regime>>

upgoerfive - 06 Nov 2021 14:34:27 (#11 of 14)


chacqueschirac - 06 Nov 2021 16:18:29 (#12 of 14)

this was my favorite:

It has competition:

John Bolton on how a new era of American alliances is under way

Anne-Marie Slaughter on why America’s diversity is its strength

Kori Schake on why America should keep faith in the rules-based order

Robert D. Kaplan on why America can recover from failures like Afghanistan and Iraq

Inevitably, “End of History” prophet

Francis Fukuyama on the end of American hegemony

Afghanistan does not mark the end of the American era; the challenge to its global standing is political polarisation at home, says a foreign-policy expert

With Fukuyama’s track record, you couldn’t find a better expert.

Even Kissinger offers a bit of reassurance:

“Democracies evolve in a conflict of factions. They achieve greatness by their reconciliations.”

chacqueschirac - 06 Nov 2021 16:19:55 (#13 of 14)

chalk seems to have a subscription

He doesn’t. If you register, The Economist provides comfort and consolation for free.

Geribaldi - 06 Nov 2021 21:01:46 (#14 of 14)

Chacques just loves the USA, he's obsessed.

"American power" waxes and wanes, it's definitely waning at the moment. China is definitely rising.

Russia is going absolutely nowhere per usual. Their only hope is that oil goes to $150 barrel.

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