The Hollow Empire

Relatively Not So Great

America’s present position is paradoxical.  On the one hand, her unparalleled power and wealth are reflected in the astoundingly imperialist “National Security Strategy” unveiled last October, which asserts a right to stop any country “from pursuing a military build-up in hopes of surpassing or equaling the power of the United States.”  That America is a global empire may be celebrated, regretted, or viewed with alarm, but it cannot be denied.

On the other hand, America is in deep moral decay.  Her decadent elites are unwilling to confront a demographic deluge that can only end in population replacement.  Her survival as a nation with distinct origins, traditions, and institutions is no longer uncertain but unlikely.

The paradox was aptly illustrated by the panic that gripped Washington, D.C., following the recent sniper attacks.  The city trembled—the same proud city in which decisions are made that determine the destinies of millions of Iraqis, North Koreans, and Serbs.  And September 11, far from proving the strength of the imperial edifice, displayed its underlying fragility.  Another major terrorist outrage—and those in the know say that it is not a question of “if” but of “when”—would likely cause mass panic and an economic nosedive.

Americans simply lack the moral fiber necessary to maintain an empire. ...

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