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American Century

Requiem for the American Century

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 09.20.2014 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Seventy-three years ago, Henry Luce, the publisher of Time and Life magazines, called on his countrymen to "create the first great American Century." No one today could claim that this is Time's century, or the American Century, or perhaps anyone else's. Even the greatest empires now seem to have shortened lifespans.

Four Reasons This Will Be the Second American Century

Joel Kurtzman | Posted 05.27.2014 | World
Joel Kurtzman

Over the years, many people have counted out the United States -- and been wrong. Given our newfound energy wealth, the return of manufacturing, our tradition of creativity and our vaults filled with investable capital, I can't help but believe the people counting us out now will be proved wrong again.

View From Across the Atlantic

Wendi L. Adamek | Posted 04.22.2012 | Politics
Wendi L. Adamek

As I'm leaving London I'm taking a last look around, reflecting on the last four months and the transition to 2012. There are things I don't want to d...

Americans Are Less Nationalistic Than Flag-Waving Politicians Think

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 03.21.2012 | Politics
Lawrence Wittner

Are American politicians out of sync with the public when it comes to foreign policy? There is considerable reason to believe so.

Globalization 2.0: A Century for Sale, Any Taker?

Eric X. Li | Posted 02.05.2012 | World
Eric X. Li

Who will own this young century of ours? While there is little uncertainty to China's approach, America's path is the unknown. Will it retreat and rebuild the American nation, or will it allow its 1% to continue its universal project paid for by a mortgage on the future of the 99%?

Big Change Whether We Like It or Not

Andrew Bacevich | Posted 01.14.2012 | Politics
Andrew Bacevich

Proclaim it from the rooftops: No, America is not "over." Yet a growing accumulation of evidence suggests that America today is not the America of 1945. Everyone else on the planet understands this. Perhaps it's finally time for Americans to do so as well.

Hemingway at War, America in Crisis

Brent Budowsky | Posted 12.02.2011 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

We can read about the carnage of war in A Farewell to Arms, and the power of great aspirations in For Whom the Bell Tolls, and consider what each of us can do in our times by remembering what Ernest Hemingway and so many others did in theirs.

American "Exceptionalism" Led By Example, Not Simply Force

Jessica Peck | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jessica Peck

American exceptionalism splinters, and does so quickly, when we move from serving as a shining example for others to follow, and instead turn toward enforcing our will and our way of life on the world.

The Nervous American Empire or Raise Your Hands Over Your Head and Don't Move

Peter Block | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Peter Block

It will soon be ten years since 9/11 and the effects are still with us. One of the obvious ones is the U.S. military's adventures in the rest of the w...

Global China Connection: From Columbia to Stanford and McGill

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jim Luce

Hundreds of Chinese studies majors at top universities in North America have recently formed a network dedicated to forging new economic, cultural, and political links between East and West.

Five Roads to the Future -- Whose Century Will This Be?

Paul Starobin | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Paul Starobin

Whichever road ends up defining the future, Americans have to start making some rather large cognitive adjustments. We need a new vocabulary -- a new way of talking about our place in the world.

Farewell, the American Century

Andrew Bacevich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andrew Bacevich

The persistence of a self-congratulatory account of American history deprives us of self-awareness, hinders our efforts to navigate the treacherous waters in which the country finds itself.

Obama's Situation -- It's Not FDR in 1933, It's Mayor Rudy Giuliani in 1994

Matt Littman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Matt Littman

Rudy and Barack. They both came into disastrous situations, followed horrible leaders, and, in Rudy's case, turned things around. Let's hope that Barack has the same results as Rudy.

Obama's Rhetorical Inspirations: Presidents, Poets, and Hobbits

Aaron Zelinsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aaron Zelinsky

Here are the ten sources behind the most memorable lines of Obama's address.