Is This The End of the American Century?
Monday, March 20, 2017
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
My book “The End of the American Century” appeared in
2009. There I argued that the
combination of domestic decline and global change had put an end to the era of
U.S. global dominance, and that American citizens would have to come to terms
with a flattening standard of living and reduced global influence. This was not necessarily a bad thing, either
for the United States or for the rest of the world.
I finished writing the book during 2008, just as Barack Obama was mounting his stunning rise to the presidency. For the paperbound edition of the book, which appeared just after the election, I added an epilogue called “Reality and Hope in the Obama Era,” where I offered some hope that the new president could temper some of the problems I had raised. But I also cautioned that America’s problems (for example with education, violence, debt, inequality) were so deep-seated, and the global changes so persistent (e.g. globalization of production, rise of new powers, climate change) that his options would be limited.