By J. D. Heyes
Students of history know and understand that empires rise and fall, because that is the nature of the world. That said, more than just a few analysts believe that the American empire is on the decline.
Yes, I said “empire,” because that’s exactly what the United States has become, though clearly our founding fathers never envisioned an America that wielded power and influence globally, and in ways that are increasingly focused on narrow, selfish interests.
To the casual observer, it might not yet be apparent, but to those focused on the big picture, the signs of decline are evident.
Take for instance calls by China in recent months to “de-Americanize” the world; given that China is our largest creditor, that’s a pretty important development.
‘Time to start considering building a de-Americanized world’
According to a recent report by the International Business Times (IBT), China’s official news agency, Xinhua, called for this de-Americanization on the eve of the political battle over the debt ceiling, “saying the destinies of people should not be left in the hands of a hypocritical nation with a dysfunctional government.”