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Monday, January 31, 2011

Conrad Black's take on the State of the Union

...No nation in history rose so quickly from obscurity to world leadership, and none since the Roman Empire has enjoyed such preeminence, as the United States. After playing a genius strategic hand from aid to the democracies in 1939-1941, the military conduct of the Second World War in the years following, to the containment strategy opposite the Soviet Union, until it was left alone as the world’s only great power, the United States then suddenly became, in public-policy terms, an almost unrelievedly stupid country, about 20 years ago. During the Cold War, the United States led the triumph of democracy in Europe, South and East Asia, and Latin America — yet it now no longer ranks as one the world’s better functioning democracies.

...The United States is a rich country whose people are patriotic and hard-working. It is disoriented and very corrupt, and all its elites have failed. And yet it has no real rivals. Europe is crumbling, even more idle and debt-ridden than the United States, and withering demographically, almost comatose after generations of paying Danegeld to the urban mobs and small farmers. Japan is a geriatric workshop; Russia is an alcohol-sodden, self-depopulating gangster-state; and India, China, Brazil, and Indonesia comprise over 3-billion people, more than two thirds of whom live as they did 3,000 years ago. They are putting up good economic-growth numbers, but China’s inflation rate is now in double digits, and all of those countries are largely dysfunctional, and will require decades to have any chance of seriously rivaling America. This should provide time for the United States to pull out of its nose-dive. President Obama said, “We do big things.” The United States has, but after this presentational fiasco, I would not like to think of what he might have in mind for an encore.
Read the rest here.

HT: John Larocque

11 comments:

Your Intrepid Editor said...
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rabidgandhi said...

"...the United States led the triumph of democracy in Europe, South and East Asia, and Latin America"

Which planet exactly was this on? Definitely not the one with Videla, Suharto, Marcos and the Greek Junta.

Anonymous said...

The planet in question is the one you're hopefully standing on. When comparing relative levels of
brokenness, until the last thirty years, the United States
had avoided the leftist insanity that stunted the rebuilding of Europe into either a caricature of itself (or provided the protection for the rot to flourish -take your pick.) We're catching up....

Anonymous said...

Conrad Black?

The Anti-Gnostic said...

Greece should be so lucky to have a Junta.

rabidgandhi said...

Good this is progress: we've moved from "The US brings them democracy" to "OK maybe not democracy, but sending them arms to slaughter their own people provides stability." Much closer to Earth.

Anonymous said...

Greece should be so lucky to have a Junta.

No. U.S. should be so lucky to have a Jumta, ( officially, of course).

John (Ad Orientem) said...

No thank you. We just got rid of ours. Zero may not be my ideal president, but at least he is not arresting US citizens and handing them over to the military to be incarcerated without trial for as long as it pleases the president.

The Anti-Gnostic said...

I'll take Pinochet or Franco over W and Barack Hussein any day.

Anonymous said...

I'll take Pinochet or Franco over W and Barack Hussein any day.



If you do I hope you don't end up "disappeared", as they say, over the ocean.

Visibilium said...

Nice article.