Decline is what you want it to be.

I read the popular press, on both sides of the promoted issues. Popular issues only have two sides, and only a handful are promoted. I’m surprised by a general agreement about the country: things are bad; there are no reasons things should get better.

I wonder how long well-fed human beings can wake up every morning believing things are getting worse.

A few years ago the so-called Soviet Union collapsed. A lot of public Americans went ecstatic. We were the one remaining ‘hyper-power.’ We were going to run the whole world in our image. Then, we turned out just a nation among nations. Maybe to those public Americans it feels like the end of an empire. But peace is a good thing, and we’re getting tired of feeling bad. Perhaps coming home isn’t really losing our global war – it’s just walking away from a fight.

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