Can “Exceptional” America come to terms with that?
The fierce patriotism of the American people for the most part has made them inwardly focused, leaving them unaware of the progress being made in the rest of the world, particularly in Asia.
With this in mind, it’s understandable why politicians claim this could be “another American century”. To admit anything less would be political suicide – especially now that partisan dysfunction and gridlock are well-established reality. Even the intellectuals avoid speaking about the increasing probability that China will surpass the US as an economic power as Asia’s middle class booms toward 1.75 billion by 2020.
Americans need to be told a simple, mathematical truth. With 3% of the world’s population, the US can no longer dominate the rest of the world, because Asians, with 60% of the world’s population, are no longer underperforming. But the belief that America is the only virtuous country, the sole beacon of light in a dark and unstable world, continues to shape many Americans’ worldview. American intellectuals’ failure to challenge these ideas – and to help the US population shed complacent attitudes based on ignorance – perpetuates a culture of coddling the public.
America is cobbled by a broken political system, now owned and operated by the wealthy few, reduced to petty fighting over extreme ideologies. The middle class is shrinking and the education system, still based on the old industrial economy is failing to prepare their children for the challenges of the future.
We’re on the cusp of the most significant global power shift in our lifetimes. America just doesn’t know it yet.
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