To think that we shouldn't have to work with the other 95% on, say, the world's oceans and their resources, is just plain arrogant.
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One of you will end up here next!
the American government is not in any sort of trouble. The recession that started in 2007 and brought about public funds to bail corporations is not a sign of fault in American governance. The private sector is/was the rotten apple. Our government is a highly specialized colossus. America's private sector is in decline.
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If America declines at least it will decline gracefully unlike the Romans. Who knows it may even be better for having multiple smaller superpowers controlling things instead of one large one.
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AUSTAN GOOLSBEE: I think the world vests too much power, certainly in the president, probably in Washington in general for its influence on the economy, because most all of the economy has nothing to do with the government.
And being moral
Are two very different things.
Looking into our history at some ways in which we *became dominant* I honestly don't believe it involved "being moral" at all.
History of the world proves that morality and governance does not a dominant country make. The power to wage wars, treat people unfairly and unjustly and to rape your country of it's resources is the only way most countries have become "dominant" over others - hence it being called "dominant"
And by this I mean: the Chinese (in their past), the Greeks, the Romans, the Egyptians, The Incas, Turks, Vikings, British, Spanish, Russians, Portuguese
All of these - dominant by means of extorting natural resources, but first a foremost: from abusing and misusing it citizenship to their aristocratic desires and whims.
Once you start actually caring about the 'little' people and the 'peasants' and the average folk in your country - it seems to be the undoing. Oh no!!
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