Tuesday, December 19, 2006

The Myth of American Hyperpower

Take a visit to some right-wing blogs and discussions, or simply turn your TV dial to CNN/FOXNews, and you'll be struck at just how often there are mentions of the United States as the world's only superpower, etc.

Are there psychological explanations for this constant repetition?

Is it especially important to repeat these pronouncements in light of their decreasing concordance with reality? After all, the American economic dominance of the globe has long been challenged by the growing strength and interdependence of Europe and Northeast Asia--Chomsky describes this trend quite well in a recent book, and others have done the same. The rise of an economically multipolar world is simply a matter of time. So, when these sage thinkers say, religiously, that the United States is the world's only superpower, to what are they referring?

Oh, that's right. The ability (and will) to destroy the world.


Patrick Berry said...

Heh, as I was reading this I was totally already at your conclusion. What would be quite apropos is if when somebody finished the post Motorhead's 'The Ace of Spades' started playing. That or Megadeth's 'Symphony of Destruction.'

It's always nice to know that our nuclear arsenal is in the hands of people who believe in the End of Days, or whatever the kids are calling it these days.

I'm sure Bush's attitude to blowing up the world wouldn't be much different from his view on environmental protection in general. "Why bother, it wont be around much longer and I'm going to Heaven. Woooooooooooo!"

But, I have been known to be wrong. From time to time...

the actual rod said...

Yeah, on that note, check this out: http://www.mediatransparency.org/story.php?storyID=162