After America (Towards our next book)

Admittedly long, here’s an interesting review of several recent theories on the America’s diminishing prominence.

After America:  Is the West being overtaken by the rest?

Skip to the 3rd to last and 2nd to last paragraphs for the crux of the article:

“However fast the economies of new powers are growing, then, forecasts of their world domination leave out a great deal…

“The one nation whose presence still guarantees a measure of stability in Asia is the very one whose influence commentators are so quick to write off: the United States of America…”


1 Response to “After America (Towards our next book)”

  1. 1 bobbyjones October 6, 2008 at 8:38 pm

    Steve M – nice to hear your voice! With references to Rolling Stone and The New Yorker no less. But, while these two articles couldn’t be more different, I thoroughly enjoyed both.

    I’ve been a fan of Fareed Zakaria for a long time and his book “The Post-American World” should be on the Fight Club’s bout list. Ian Buruma quotes Zakaria at length in the New Yorker…I particularly like this one:

    “The United States, [Zakaria] reminds us, is still ranked by the World Economic Forum as “the most competitive economy in the world.” What’s needed to perpetuate American supremacy is greater knowledge of the world outside, a willingness to open the borders to new immigrants, and, above all, a policy of consulting foreign leaders instead of lecturing them or going it alone. “The chair of the board who can gently guide a group of independent directors is still a very powerful person,” Zakaria observes.”

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