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Thu Oct 29, 2020, 08:57 AM

Trump Killed the Pax Americana

By Paul Krugman

There are, I suppose, some people who still imagine that if and when Donald Trump leaves office weíll see a rebirth of civility and cooperation in U.S. politics. They are, of course, hopelessly naÔve. America in the 2020s will remain a deeply polarized nation, rife with crazy conspiracy theories and, quite possibly, plagued by right-wing terrorism.

But that wonít be Trumpís legacy. The truth is that we were already well down that road before he came along. And on the other side, if the Democrats win big, I expect to see many of Trumpís substantive policies reversed, and then some. Environmental protection and the social safety net will probably end up substantially stronger, taxes on the rich substantially higher, than they were under Barack Obama.

Trumpís lasting legacy, I suspect, will come in international affairs. For almost 70 years America played a special role in the world, one that no nation had ever played before. Weíve now lost that role, and I donít see how we can ever get it back.

You see, American dominance represented a new form of superpower hegemony.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/29/opinion/trump-trade-international-relations.html

Trump abdicated America's international leadership role, and has allowed China to fill the void. What a humiliation and a disgrace.

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Thu Oct 29, 2020, 09:06 AM

1. He sure did...

His isolationist nationalism has a rhetorical impact the policies he has built around them are detrimental to our Global status. Ripple-effects are being seen.

China, on the other hand, has sights on being the number-one world superpower and they are doing it by actions and building alliances with countries like Africa and recreating the "Silk Road".

In hindsight, we may see that Trump has managed to cripple our hegemony and devalue our status in only four years. He is empowering and enabling the Chinese government in that respect.

We are the casino he has bankrupted, so to speak.

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Thu Oct 29, 2020, 09:19 AM

2. Kick

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Thu Oct 29, 2020, 09:44 AM

3. I think we'll get it back as soon as Biden is in the White House.

Most of the world very much wants to believe that Trump was a one-off exception.

-Laelth

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