Re: [sixties-l] The Eagle Has Crash Landed (fwd)

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Date: Fri Jul 19 2002 - 23:59:19 EDT

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    There is a great deal to agree with and a great deal to disagree with in
    the Wallerstein article. But, to deal with the question posed in the
    very first paragraph -- or is it an editorial summary -- the
    conservatives ill resist but the gradual decline will most likely become
    a slow and long one. Israel since 1967 is the most likely model, unless
    a 1929 changes everything.
       Wallerstein disregards the unpredictable: the personality factor. If
    Lenin had not died at 54, and his New Economic Policy, a mixed economy,
    had not been cancelled by Stalin in 1931; if a Roosevelt had not emerged
    to save capitalism against the will of the then Solid Democratic White
    South and industry and finance in the North; if the German generals'
    assassination attempt against Hitler in 1944 had succeeded; if the
    Brezhnev leadership had understood that it was not necessary to have
    more than 200 ICBMs and therefore had not taken the American bait of
    matching us missile for missile and going broke in the process; if
    Gorbachev had known the least little bit about economics; if Yeltsin had
    understood that maintaining science and education was the key to his
    country's chances of remaining a significant competitor to American
    power. Will the American people learn to break with the two-party
    system, or will the Democrats continue to be better Republicans than the
       Americans will remain patriotic, but the word "war" has been reduced
    to an absurdity since Sept. 11, just as the soldiers of World War II
    destroyed the impact of the word "fuck" by making it the all-purpose
    adjective, and generation X has destroyed that of "awesome."
       But, barring a 1929, which seems a likelier possibility today than at
    any time since we of the 1929 generation began thinking it was around
    the corner at the end of World War II, the chances are the U.S. and its
    people will behave like the Israelis, convinced we are invincible as we
    get weaker and weaker. And if we do have a 1929, there is no longer an
    opposing system capable of pointing to its own absence of unemployment,
    as the USSR did during the Great Depression, and no longer inspiring a
    vast worldwide movement that, albeit never numbering more than 100,000
    members in this country, was able to inspire economic and social reforms
    by virtue of the certainty of its members that history was on their
    side. I am afraid all we can say today is that the future lies ahead.
                                    Bill (William) Mandel wrote:
    > ---------- Forwarded message ----------
    > Date: Wed, 10 Jul 2002 11:41:13 -0700
    > From: radtimes <>
    > Subject: The Eagle Has Crash Landed
    > The Eagle Has Crash Landed
    > <>
    > Pax Americana is over. Challenges from Vietnam and the Balkans to the
    > Middle East and September 11 have revealed the limits of American
    > supremacy. Will the United States learn to fade quietly, or will U.S.
    > conservatives resist and thereby transform a gradual decline into a rapid
    > and dangerous fall?
    > By Immanuel Wallerstein
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    with testimonies that may be heard/seen on my website, ), the RADIO OF DISSENT (37 YEARS ON
    with very extensive information on its history) and the feminist
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    Tanya, appearing appropriately throughout the book. They may be found in
    the index under Mandel, Tanya. My activities began in 1927. I am 85. The
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