Originally Posted by Parallax
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1. I think by now it should be obvious that American declinism is fad that will be over as soon as US economy returns to full employment. Of the 3 major competitors for US's place as the world's sole super power one imploded in the 90s (Japan), the second will soon cease to exist (EU) and the last one will be in very serious trouble when it experiences its first patch of slow growth (China).
Whenever American exceptionalism is called into question in the popular media the tendency is always dismiss it as a fad. In point of fact, when you read a serious discussion like Wallerstein's The Curve of American Power
you realize Walter lays out not an serious argument against American decline but rather how America is trying to manage or slow down its decline. The decision to effectively walk away from nuclear anti-proliferation agreements vis-a-vis India and Australia just tells me how desperate the US is to stave off the inevitable.