War, Peace and the Decline of American power

What War and Peace has to tell us about our present moment is that no one is really to blame for the decline of the United States as a power: it isn’t illegal immigrants, or Trump, or NAFTA, or Wall Street, or rap music, or our failure to come to grips with slavery, or the repeal of Glass-Steagal, or what have you, but what some would call the will of God and others the inscrutable drift of history: not one factor but innumerable factors, interacting with a complexity we couldn’t start to comprehend, resulting in one’s country’s moving forward and another’s moving back, as has gone on from the beginning of time.

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