Americans see the US as being in decline

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Americans see the US as being in decline

It looks as though a large majority of Americans see the US in decline as a major player in world affairs :

Americans see a US in decline, finds Pew survey

For the first time in 40 years, a majority of Americans say the US plays a less important and powerful role in the world than it did a decade ago.

The Pew survey also found that 70% of Americans saw the US as less respected than in the past, nearly the same (71%) as under President George W Bush.

More than half of Americans (52%) - for the first time in 50 years - said the US should "mind its own business".

Some 56% disapproved of President Barack Obama's foreign policy.


“It is proof of a base and low mind for one to wish to think with the masses or majority, merely because the majority is the majority. Truth does not change because it is, or is not, believed by a majority of the people.”
― Giordano Bruno

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Quote:Fifty-three percent of

Fifty-three percent of the public felt the US played a less important or powerful role as a world leader than a decade previously. The last time more than half of the public held that view was in 1974.

(relevant paragraph quoted by me)

Well why shouldn't they hold that view?

“A meritocratic society is one in which inequalities of wealth and social position solely reflect the unequal distribution of merit or skills amongst human beings, or are based upon factors beyond human control, for example luck or chance. Such a society is socially just because individuals are judged not by their gender, the colour of their skin or their religion, but according to their talents and willingness to work, or on what Martin Luther King called 'the content of their character'. By extension, social equality is unjust because it treats unequal individuals equally.” "Political Ideologies" by Andrew Heywood (2003)

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Personally I don't see why

America should be forced to spend vast amounts on global defence while the Europeans and my own govt ride on its coat tails. Better to spend the money at home. The numbers still say America is still not only the largest economy but the nation that has the largest impact on the global economy. All the more reason to regulate its banking sector, I would have thought.

There does seem to be something going wrong in the U.S. - as it is portrayed in the media at any rate. Not sure if the wealth gap has always been so acute. It's getting worse in Australia, too, sadly. Whole layers of employment have been stripped from western economies all so we can buy even cheaper junk and hustle the planet to its demise.

One good thing. At the end of days, when the rivers turn to wormwood and the seas to blood, Jesus will come back and put everything right by killing everyone who disagrees with him. Whoo-fucking-hoo.

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