The once and future thing

Belmont Club | 2/11/2018 | Richard Fernandez
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Elon Musk observed that "brand is just a perception, and perception will match reality over time. Sometimes it will be ahead, other times it will be behind. But brand is simply a collective impression some have about a product." When Time Magazine reported the Davos elite had decided that America No Longer Matters, it is proper to ask 'what no longer mattered? The perception of America or the reality'? "A year after Trump’s election raised the prospect of revolution, the elites have regained their confidence. The revolt had been put down, stock markets are up, and globalism is making a comeback."

The reality of America can be made by measured by comparing it to the power relationships at the moment when the US became the Leader of the Free World. The United Nations Security Council of 1945 is a snapshot of the victors frozen in time, like a high school yearbook photograph. In that picture the Soviet Union still had its hair; it was a great power, perhaps even the greatest if America's nascent A-bomb capability could be discounted.

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For one thing Moscow had hordes. Hitler invaded it with less than half the manpower pool of the USSR; a population of 69 million to Stalin's 170. The US population was respectable, but not dominant by comparison: 148 million in 1939. In material terms Germany and the USSR were about equal in GDP at the start...
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