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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

The Mighty, Falling

posted by on September 30 at 9:35 AM

From the BBC:

The political philosopher John Gray, who recently retired as a professor at the London School of Economics, wrote in the London paper The Observer: “Here is a historic geopolitical shift, in which the balance of power in the world is being altered irrevocably.

“The era of American global leadership, reaching back to the Second World War, is over… The American free-market creed has self-destructed while countries that retained overall control of markets have been vindicated.”

“In a change as far-reaching in its implications as the fall of the Soviet Union, an entire model of government and the economy has collapsed.

“How symbolic that Chinese astronauts take a spacewalk while the US Treasury Secretary is on his knees.”

Across the playground of the world, presidents and parliaments are watching us—the king of the school—teetering. And whether you are a king’s ally or enemy, watching a king fall is thrilling.

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