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American Power

American Power Under Challenge

Noam Chomsky | Posted 05.10.2016 | Politics
Noam Chomsky

When we ask "Who rules the world?" we commonly adopt the standard convention that the actors in world affairs are states, primarily the great powers, and we consider their decisions and the relations among them. That is not wrong. But we would do well to keep in mind that this level of abstraction can also be highly misleading.

Three Exceptional Facts About America

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 09.29.2016 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

If you were to isolate the single most striking, if little discussed, aspect of American foreign policy in the first 15 years of this century, it might be that Washington's inability to apply its power successfully just about anywhere confirms that very power; in other words, failure is a marker of success.

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.

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?

What Happened to War and the Imperial Drive to Organize the Planet?

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 05.03.2014 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

If you survey our planet, the situation is remarkably unsettled and confusing. But at least two things stand out, and whatever you make of them, they could be the real news of the first decades of this century. Both are right before our eyes, yet largely unseen.

A Field Guide to Losing Friends, Influencing No One, and Alienating the Middle East

Robert Dreyfuss | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Robert Dreyfuss

Twelve years after the U.S. invaded Afghanistan to topple the Taliban and a decade after the misguided invasion of Iraq, Washington's actual standing in country after country, including its chief allies in the region, has never been weaker.

Why Washington Can't Stop

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Washington's military plans and tactics since 9/11 have been a spectacular train wreck. But lessons learned from the collapse of war policy? Don't count on it.

A World in Which No One Is Listening to the Planet's Sole Superpower

Dilip Hiro | Posted 11.30.2013 | World
Dilip Hiro

Ever fewer countries, allies, or enemies, are paying attention, much less kowtowing, to the once-formidable power of the world's last superpower. The list of defiant figures -- from Egyptian generals to Saudi princes, Iraqi Shiite leaders to Israeli politicians -- is lengthening.

And Then There Was One

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 07.07.2013 | World
Tom Engelhardt

Could the United States actually be the last empire? Is it possible that there will be no successor because something has profoundly changed in the realm of empire building?

The Paranoia of the Superrich and Superpowerful

Noam Chomsky | Posted 04.06.2013 | Politics
Noam Chomsky

If you believe you should have everything and anything gets away from you, it's a tragedy, the world is collapsing. So is America over?

Beyond the 9/11 Myth: Dispelling the Fog

James Block | Posted 11.03.2011 | Politics
James Block

It will always be nearly impossible to extract the real meaning and importance of 9/11 from its mythic dimensions because it was -- as it was intended...

'U.S. Do Something'

Gary Hart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gary Hart

Welcome to the 21st century, a time already characterized by the limits on American power. This is not an argument for isolationism. It is an argument for a realistic understanding of what we can and cannot do and should and should not do.

The Strengths and Weaknesses of American Exceptionalism

David Coates | Posted 06.29.2011 | Politics
David Coates

The link between economic growth and inequality is something that conservative politicians push at us all the time. Unfortunately for the Right, the relationship between values, prosperity and power is not quite as they would have it.

The U.S. As Addict

Locke Rush | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Locke Rush

Only a few decades ago, the U.S. was King. We were the best at everything. Today, a very different picture has emerged. What has gone wrong?

How Do YOU Use Your American Power?

Donna Fish | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Donna Fish

While the one day a year has passed that we celebrate "Earth Day", every day SHOULD be Earth Day. Photographer Mitch Epstein is dedicated to this concept. His photographs can be seen on billboards in Ohio with the tag line: "What is American Power?"

Massive Budget Deficits Could Change American Politics And Global Power

The New York Times | David E. Sanger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In a federal budget filled with mind-boggling statistics, two numbers stand out as particularly stunning, for the way they may change American politic...

Here's to the 2010s

Joseph Nye | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Joseph Nye

The 1930s were once described as "a low dishonest decade," and we could apply the term to the past ten years.

Financial Crisis and American Decline?

Joseph Nye | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph Nye

In 1989, the conventional wisdom was that the United States (and its economy) were in decline. I did not believe it then, and do not believe it now.