Category: American Decline

Chris Hedges: The return of the Taliban to power in Afghanistan will be one more signpost of the end of the American empire

By Chris Hedges, Russia Today Chris Hedges is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and host of RT’s On Contact, a weekly interview series on US foreign policy, economic realities and civil liberties in American society. He’s the author of 14 books, including several New York Times best-sellers. The US empire […]

When conservatives become revolutionaries

By Damon Linker, The Week The conservative intelligentsia keeps returning to authoritarianism. Back in June of last year, I wrote a column about how the intellectual right was talking itself into tearing down American democracy. The occasion was a debate between David French, a social-conservative defender of the […]

Lifestyles of the Rich and Paranoid

By Robert Weissberg, Intellectual Takeout What do super rich people with multi-million dollar summer homes in the Hamptons and similar enclaves think about today’s troubled, often violent politics? Frank answers are seldom forthcoming given that an impolite answer might invite social ostracism and exclusion from A-list parties. But […]

Barometers of Legitimacy

By William S. Lind, Traditional Right Readers may wonder why I keep returning to the theme of legitimacy. The reason is simple: legitimacy is the ground on which Fourth Generation war is fought. It is, above all, a contest for legitimacy, and winning (or losing) is measured by […]

How America Fractured Into Four Parts

By George Packer, The Atlantic People in the United States no longer agree on the nation’s purpose, values, history, or meaning. Is reconciliation possible? Nations, like individuals, tell stories in order to understand what they are, where they come from, and what they want to be. National narratives, […]

3 Myths About American Decline

The most immediately obvious problem with this analysis is that it ignores the rise in the expected threshold of subsistence during the time period that is being discussed. Politicians and the media are telling bogus stories about falling fertility rates, rising inequality, and supposed lack of economic mobility. […]