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Sunday, April 15, 2012

Why Do Great Powers Decline?

Because their citizens choose to spend money on themselves, not on defense.
Bewailing America’s decline has been in vogue for quite a while now. Long gone is the confidence we enjoyed as the world’s only superpower after the collapse of the Soviet Union. The terrorist attacks of 9/11, the long, difficult wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Great Recession of 2008, and its ongoing geopolitical and economic aftermath have left a dark cloud of pessimism hanging over our future. Books like Pat Buchanan’s Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025? and Mark Steyn’s After America: Get Ready for Armageddon warn of our accelerating decline caused by a collapse of ethnic identity or by an economic meltdown fueled by excessive debt and government spending.

The “antideclinists” have not been silent in response. Most recently, Robert Kagan has argued in The World America Made that our country’s still overwhelming military, economic, cultural, and demographic advantages mean that it will continue to dominate the global order for decades to come. As Kagan reminds us, we have faced numerous crises in the past, many of them much more serious than the problems we face today, and yet we have grown more powerful nonetheless. CONTINUE READING


Jamie Lee Scott said...

Interesting perspective. I enjoyed your take on the "decline" and will be sharing this POV with my husband tonight. I'm sure he'll enjoy it too. Thanks for the thought provoking post.

Grace Knight said...

I must say, you are one of my favorite resources, and I agree with a great deal of what you bring to the table, especially in regards to America's decline. Thanks for helping me stay informed.