Friday, October 09, 2009

Wake-Up Call to America

An interesting perspective by Kishore Mahbubani for The Wilson Quarterly entitled, "Can America Fail?"


The simple thesis of this essay is that American society could also fail if it does not force itself to conceive of failure. The massive crises that American society is experiencing now are partly the product of just such a blindness to potential catastrophe. That is not a diagnosis I deliver with rancor. Nations, like individuals, languish when they only have uncritical lovers or unloving critics. I consider myself a loving critic of the United States, a critic who wants American society to succeed. America, I wrote in 2005 in Beyond the Age of Innocence: Rebuilding Trust Between America and the World, “has done more good for the rest of the world than any other society.” If the United States fails, the world will suffer ­too.
Read the entire article here (and don't miss out on the comments -- you might end up adding a few of your own!).

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