Why America Still Rocks: Lessons from the London OlympicsPosted: August 13, 2012
Well, the final Olympics medal count is in. The United States blew them away, with 104 overall medals, including 46 golds. Given the seemingly incessant flow of rotten news about America these days, it does feel nice to “win” again. As the philosophical saying goes: “America, fuck yeah.”
Indeed, it has been fashionable in the world lately to talk about the decline of America, that the American Century will last not another century more. One expects this type of talk occasionally from foreign government officials and the “talking head” crowd. However, these days, one hears similar chatter—often uttered in soft, resigned tones—even from American executives, entrepreneurs, and people on the street. Has our time really passed? Were we not so exceptional after all? Could the party really be over?
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