On 01/09/2017 12:48 PM, John Larkin wrote:
On Mon, 9 Jan 2017 12:36:40 -0500, bitrex
On 01/08/2017 05:28 PM, krw_at_notreal.com wrote:
On Sun, 08 Jan 2017 10:48:21 -0800, John Larkin
On Sun, 8 Jan 2017 13:32:44 -0500, bitrex
On 01/08/2017 11:20 AM, John Larkin wrote:
On Sun, 8 Jan 2017 10:58:37 +0000, Tom Gardner
On 08/01/17 06:53, bitrex wrote:
"[Trump] underestimates Putin, just as he overestimates America’s military and
other strengths in a multipolar world where, especially in relative terms, the
US is correctly perceived as in decline, itself the tired one, torn by
self-imposed demands for military supremacy at the expense of a deteriorating
social safety net and crumbling infrastructure, and a consuming preoccupation
with the culture wars over class, race, and gender — an emptiness of direction
borne out by the essential sameness of the two political parties in their
prescription for the future.
In that regard, China is everything America is not. It is an ascendant world
social force, as its present development projects in Africa and Latin America
show, rather than ideologically trapped in a rigid ethnocentric mode. Neither
Russia nor China will lie down and play dead to American ambition."
While history doesn't repeat, it does rhyme.
In this case UK in 1930s is similar to USA in 2010s - at
the peak of their empire.
Empire? Do we have to give up Ireland and India and South Africa too?
The author notes that world opinion is that the US is a nation in
decline, and IIRC Trump just ran a successful campaign whose slogan drew
directly from that observation.
Standard 2016 internet hyperbolic blather. There's a lot of that going
So. Is America a nation in decline, or is it not a nation in decline?
Trump seems to believe it is. And in a world of such black-and-white
thinking, it certainly can't be both at the same time.
There are many possible definitions of "decline." I think there's too
much pastrami and too little corned beef.
Oh, we're in decline, alright. I'll point to a whole generation of
Little-Rexes as proof.
I woke up this morning and thought "You know, I've really been slacking
on my plans to destroy America. KRW hasn't even threatened to shoot me
in a week or two. I'd better step it up a level."
Time to get back to work, I guess...
Work? Oh, thanks for reminding me.
No, no! You're supposed to say "What have YOU designed today?"