Is American In Decline?

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on March 9, 2011

We go through this tiresome debate all the time, it seems, and the latest entrant into the debate is Fareed Zakaria. Zakaria does his best to be gloomy, but while making allowances for a number of his observations, Joseph Nye rebuts Zakaria’s claims adeptly.

Yes, I too am concerned about the direction in which the country is taking, and the fact that we don’t exactly have a quality leadership class working to solve the many problems the country is facing. But as Adam Smith noted, “there is a great deal of ruin in a nation.” Something to remember as the debate over declinism continues to rage.

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