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American Decline

Donald Trump and American Decline

William Astore | Posted 04.26.2016 | Politics
William Astore

Many abused workers have placed their faith in Trump to revive America.  Yet the irony is that Trump himself has precipitated America's decline, what with his tacky casinos, his off-shoring of jobs, his shady business deals that seek to maximize profits while minimizing pay to workers.

Trump's Crudeness: A Crude American Culture is Shocked, Shocked

Carla Seaquist | Posted 03.09.2016 | Politics
Carla Seaquist

Donald Trump's boast at last week's Republican "presidential" debate, that his (shall we say?) "equipment" was more than adequate, marks a new low in a long and storied history of campaigning for the White House, which explains the scare-quotes around "presidential."

The Anger Election of 2016: How Will We Handle Our Anger?

Carla Seaquist | Posted 02.15.2016 | Politics
Carla Seaquist

Anger: While it can be a propellant endlessly regenerating itself, anger can blind us and, as Shakespeare tell us, make us deaf---to compromise, nuance, specificity; we now disparage the motivation and character of our political opposites.

Identity and the Future of America

Christopher Holshek | Posted 02.08.2016 | Politics
Christopher Holshek

Americans are more worried and anxious about the future than ever. Sure, every generation seems to think, for one reason or another, that the place is going to hell in a hand basket. This time, it appears to be a unique convergence of a number of things.

Angry Old Men -- Quo Vadis America?

Dr. Dr. phil. Immanuel Fruhmann | Posted 02.01.2016 | Politics
Dr. Dr. phil. Immanuel Fruhmann

It is not the USA that is in decline, but it is their rule, and an America of the past, in which they were in charge.

Writing for Our Post-9/11 Times: Part II

Carla Seaquist | Posted 11.12.2015 | Arts
Carla Seaquist

A superpower also has a moral responsibility to handle its power appropriately. Similarly, its artists have a responsibility to consider the "can" and the "should."

Writing for Our Post-9/11 Times: Part I

Carla Seaquist | Posted 11.10.2015 | Arts
Carla Seaquist

The basic question is: As writers, what is our relationship to our times?

The Superpower Conundrum

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 07.02.2016 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Military power is by definition destructive, but in the past such force often cleared the ground for the building of local, regional, or even global structures, however grim or oppressive they might have been. If force always was meant to break things, it sometimes achieved other ends as well. Now, it seems as if breaking is all it can do.

The Geopolitics of American Global Decline

Alfred W. McCoy | Posted 06.08.2016 | Politics
Alfred W. McCoy

America's current leadership has failed to grasp the significance of a radical global change underway inside the Eurasian land mass.

Get Rich Quick and Bootstrap Stories Are American Fairy Tales

J.J. Colagrande | Posted 05.07.2016 | Politics
J.J. Colagrande

Once upon a time a truly great country existed -- this nation was by far the greatest land in the whole wide world -- its laws promised liberty, freedom and justice for all.

The Retreatniks

John Feffer | Posted 05.26.2015 | Politics
John Feffer

The new talking point for the Republican Party -- actually, it's an old talking point in expensive new clothing -- is "America is in retreat."

An Exceptional Decline for the Exceptional Country?

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 09.13.2014 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Today, the U.S. looks less like a functioning and effective empire than an imperial basket case, unable to bring its massive power to bear effectively from Germany to Syria, Iraq to Afghanistan, Libya to the South China Sea, the Crimea to Africa.

America Can Still Lead the World -- With Coalitions Abroad and by Getting Our Own House in Order

Carla Seaquist | Posted 08.26.2014 | Politics
Carla Seaquist

Great nations decline and fall through a fatal combination of too many wars abroad and a hollowing-out of institutions at home. If America gets its own house in order while leading coalitions abroad, we will do the world great good

Behemoth in a Bathrobe: A Dialogue

Carla Seaquist | Posted 07.06.2014 | Politics
Carla Seaquist

I am that still, small voice -- inside, at the back -- that says, "I can." And I've pushed my way to the front, because, even a dozen years after 9/11, "the day everything changed," I'm hearing, "I can't." What has happened to us?

Killing More Than Kennedy

Christopher Holshek | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Christopher Holshek

Kennedy's call to action, from his first to his last day as president, was a constant call to citizenship - local, national, and global. It was a call to embrace the promise of American reinvention and renewal.

It Takes a Nation to Fix a Government

Christopher Holshek | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Christopher Holshek

Should we merely await the next manufactured crisis, frustrated that the only thing that stands between us and national success is our government, making us feel more and more helpless or hoping it will all somehow go away?

Books for Our Times: This Town by Mark Leibovich

Carla Seaquist | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Carla Seaquist

Sadly, the book confirms our worst suspicions of how our nation's capital works -- or rather, doesn't. It also reflects a news media failing in its watchdog function. Still, there is hope beyond the book's negative portrait, about which, more later.

Football and National Greatness

Aristotle Tziampiris | Posted 10.20.2013 | Sports
Aristotle Tziampiris

Football's status augurs well for the future international standing of America. This is because football teaches the significance of time management, the importance of teamwork and the imperative to cultivate mind and body.

Books for Our Times: Why Nations Fail, by Daron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson

Carla Seaquist | Posted 09.22.2013 | Books
Carla Seaquist

The book is especially illuminating on the ways extractive elites extract and do their harm. For example, from an extractive point of view, technological progress is not always a good thing.

Books for Our Times: The Unwinding, by George Packer

Carla Seaquist | Posted 08.27.2013 | Books
Carla Seaquist

In The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America, what George Packer has gifted us with is a vital X-ray of the body politic, the nervous system of the demos

The Return to America

Maria Rodale | Posted 06.15.2013 | Travel
Maria Rodale

I'd never been out of the country for three weeks before. I missed my kids like crazy and was happy to come home. But I'd be lying if I didn't tell yo...

The Archeology of Decline

Steve Fraser | Posted 02.02.2013 | Politics
Steve Fraser

"Debtpocalypse" didn't just appear in time for the last election season or the lame-duck session of Congress to follow. It is merely the latest installment in a tragic, 40-year-old story of the dispossession of American working people.

America's Global Revenge

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 10.14.2012 | World
Dr. Jim Taylor

The fact is that the world loves what America represents: freedom, wealth, popular culture, and materialism. Most of the world wants what we have. And, by gosh, we're going to give it to them, the good, bad, and the ugly, whether they like it or not.

The Sun Hasn't Set on China

Jennifer Dabbs Sciubba | Posted 10.02.2012 | World
Jennifer Dabbs Sciubba

China's economic power could match or even surpass U.S. power in 20 years -- and there are serious signs that the United States is actually the country in decline. But the United States still has several aces.

A Great Speech About Why America Isn't Great Anymore (But Can Be Again)

Carla Seaquist | Posted 09.09.2012 | TV
Carla Seaquist

For those of us heartsick over the moral state of things in this country, this is pure catnip.