I’m enrolling in Chinese classes
RE: The USA’s place in the world
Throughout history, every dominant civilization has gone through similar stages of existence. They start out with strong, patriotic leaders with a small cadre of administrators and a vigorous productive populace. They then morph to having more self-centred leaders, a larger administrative overhead and less domestic production. In the latter stages they have totally self-centred leaders, an overwhelming bureaucracy, minimal population involvement and increasing domestic strife. These civilizations were finally conquered and buried by their more vigorous neighbours. It took various lengths of time for this to occur. The Egyptians took 2,000 years; the Romans lasted almost 1,000 years; the Greeks required only about 600.
The United States was born in revolution 235 years ago under the fiercely patriotic leadership of George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and others who saw themselves as building a nation. Everyone worked. Everyone contributed to growth and strength.
Today the U.S. is falling behind in production as it increasingly exports jobs and wealth. It is torn by civil strife. Most tellingly, it is about to elect as leader either a possible criminal or an alleged crazy person.
This dearth of good leaders suggests to me that the time of the U.S. is over. The time of China is about to begin.
I am enrolling in Chinese-language courses. Edward A. Collis, Burlington