September 2, 2015

WHY FUKUYAMA IS RIGHT AND HUNTINGTON IS WRONG:

AS RIVALS STUMBLE, AMERICA STEPS UP (Joel Kotkin 09/02/2015, New Geography)

Just a quick look around the world makes clear that the United States has emerged as a relative hot spot in a chilly global economy. China is devaluating its currency and ratcheting down its growth expectations. Japan and Europe continue to lag, as they have for the past decade or two. Indeed, with the possible exception of India, no major country appears on the rise, and several once-ballyhooed rising stars - Russia, Brazil, South Africa - now seem headed for prolonged economic eclipse.

America's mainstream media and intellectual classes now face a quandary. Generally attracted over the past century to economic models other than our own, they have shifted their admiration from Mussolini's Italy and Stalin's Soviet Union in the 1930s and, in the 1960s and beyond, Japan, Germany and, most recently, China.

Now all those fashionable role models are clearly unravelling. Instead of seeking to imitate other countries, perhaps it's time to find ways to bolster our own capabilities. President Obama may prefer to lead from behind, but that has not turned America into the world's caboose. The country, in its fundamentals, is potentially far stronger and resilient than many believe.

There's only one civilization.

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