The United States has been the world’s richest nation since roughly 1890, for over a century. This long-lasting economic inequity has caused understandable discontent among a number of other nations and would-be superpowers. Even under President Barack Obama — arguably the most dysfunctional US presidential administration in history — the US has outpaced Europe, China, Japan, and all others who were supposed to have overtaken the US by now.
But with the candidacy of Hillary Clinton for US President, there are new reasons for optimism among economic, political, and military competitors of the US.
So even though Europe is in danger of fragmenting, China is mired in poverty, Russia is running out of money, Japan’s people are dying out, and most of the rest of the world (except the Anglosphere) is populated by people with average IQs too low to take care of themselves — much less take over the world — the coming of Hillary Dumpty means that the US will be vulnerable to outside competition like nothing since the late 1800s.
Although the Clinton campaign and its enablers in the media deny that there is anything wrong with Ms. Clinton’s health, in reality it is likely that physical limitations will curtail much normal presidential activity and initiative that would otherwise be expected of a US president. Although, to be fair, Ms. Clinton seems quite animated, in a relaxed manner, in the gif below.
Chilling With Andrew
So go ahead, America! Elect Hillary Dumpty and make the world a much fairer place for all the would-be superpowers that never had an honest chance to conquer (or destroy) the world, until now.
Zeihan tells that US cannot screw it up, no matter who’s in charge.
Apples and oranges. The government is not the country. The strengths of North America that Zeihan spells out will outlive any president, to be sure. But the temporary relative economic/political/military advantage can swing from nation to nation as a result of bad leadership. The US can recover from Obama, for example, although it will take a lot of work and sacrifice.
Germany, Japan, and South Korea have recovered from unimaginable devastation in the not too distant past, and rather quickly. But bad leaders could put them back down just as quickly. Next time they will not have nearly so many of their bright people to drive a recovery.
Russia could still recover from its corrupt mafiacracy if it could somehow reform its system — but that is unlikely. Likewise for a corrupt China being buried under a rapidly building dysfunctional debt partially underwritten by human organ pillaging. Reform is unlikely when naked power ambition is so palpable.
So yes, Hillary can open the door to a temporary promenade of pretend global conquest for effete Euros, thuggish Kremliners, and a Dragon of dungeons and dissident organ donours.
But for anyone who wants to understand a longer-term future, he must look more deeply and far beyond the immediate time horizon.
It might seem that Venezuela couldn’t possibly screw things up to the extent that it has. Human stupidity is an awesome force.
What’s sad is how much richer the US would be if we did not have leadership constantly trying to bring us down to other countries’ level. Even the Nordic countries of Europe have per capita incomes less than or no better than the poorest states of the US and people want to emulate them.
Too bad we can’t have a free market in money and banking with stronger private property protections, true limited national government as envisioned by the founders. It would also help if we minded our own business by shutting down a few hundred military bases. The empire building and fighting for Israel is expensive.
Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged” dealt with that issue, but lessons tend to be forgotten over time, especially in this ultra-short attention span culture.
Peter Zeihan’s “The Accidental Superpower” discusses the inevitability of a massive pullback of the US from military and political entanglements with most of the rest of the world.
The point about “fighting for Israel” is an interesting one. No one person fought better for Israel than Adolph Hitler. If not for der Fuhrer’s grand master plan, Palestine would still be Palestine, Japan would have never had the nerve to attack Pearl Harbor, and the US would likely have basked in idyllic isolation for many decades. The power of the central government would have been pushed back violently from the heady hyper-centralist days of FDR.
Europe would certainly not be dying as it is.
Thanks addled Adolph, champion of Israel!