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Sad Liberty

August 10, 2008
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Eight out of ten Americans think their country is heading in the wrong direction. American house prices are falling faster than during the Depression, petrol is more expensive than in the 1970s, banks are collapsing, the euro is kicking sand in the dollar’s face, credit is scarce, recession and inflation both threaten the economy, and consumer confidence is an oxymoron.

Sad Liberty.

Abroad, America has spent vast amounts of blood and treasure, to little purpose. In Iraq, finding an acceptable exit will look like success; Afghanistan is slipping. America’s claim to be a beacon of freedom in a dark world has been dimmed by Guantánamo, Abu Ghraib and the flouting of the Geneva Conventions amid the panicky “unipolar” posturing in the aftermath of September 11th.

Politicians seeking a scapegoat for America’s self-made problems too often point the finger at the growing power of once-poor countries.

Everybody goes through bad times. Some learn from the problems they have caused themselves, and come back stronger. Some blame others, lash out and damage themselves further. America has had the wisdom to take the first course many times before. Let’s hope it does so again.

Source: extracted from “Unhappy America”, economist.com
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One Comment leave one →
  1. August 4, 2009 12:38 am

    nice! i’m gonna make my own journal

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