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EVERY GREAT POWER DECLINES–EVENTUALLY

6473. On November 24, 2020, Marco Rubio wrote the following : “Biden cabinet picks went to Ivy League schools, have strong resumes, attended all the right conferences, and will be polite and orderly caretakers of American decline…” I agree with his assessment, but from an entirely opposite to his perspective. First, American decline is inevitable, since no superpower in history retained its dominant position in perpetuity. And secondly, American decline will be good for both America and the rest of the world. The world leadership imposed enormous burden on American society, Sharing this burden will be good for America. “Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” Many of American internal problems could be attributed directly to this universal phenomenon.  To put it simply, America needs some rest to heal itself. As for the world at large, it became too complex, too interdependent to be ruled by one country. American leadership had both positive and negative effects, but in a last few decades the negatives overtook the positives. Relinquishing its leadership role by America will create the atmosphere of cooperation and equality, which will be beneficial for all. The fear that China will replace America as the next global superpower and would be the much harsher taskmaster, due to it totalitarian character, is unfounded. For many reasons, and not just economic and military, but also historic and cultural, China will never assume position America held for almost a century by now. For better or for worst America represented the West. But China will never be the sole voice of the East, never mind the whole world. It is too unique. It is truly exceptional, much more exceptional than America, the progeny of the West ever was.   This article was written by Nick Gurevich.

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Name: Murray Rubin

Short Bio: I was born in Toronto in 1931 to a wonderful mother who divorced shortly before my birth. I owe a great deal of my success to her. I am Jewish but not at all religious, yet my culture plays an important part of my personality. I attended Harbord Collegiate and U. of T. Faculty of Pharmacy. A unique mail-order pharmacy was the first of my endeavours in the profession, followed by many stores throughout Ontario. I have a loving wife, 3 children and grand-children and I am now retired from pharmacy. But what do I write about? Everything! My topics are funny, serious, whimsical, timely, outrageous, inspiring, and inventive. I promise that if you take the time to read any one of these topics – you will not be sorry.

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  • By the way, look above your first reply — it says Murray Rubin Post author. It means that whatever you post on your blog is automatically assumed to be your writing. So, if you post someone else article you have to specifically say it.

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  • Thanks, Murray. My ideas and verbal dexterity will do the honor to anyone regardless of his birth place. And by the way, I lived in Canada for almost 50 years. I wouldn’t call it relatively recent. And to give credit where credit is due, living in Canada greatly influenced my ideas and the way I write.

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  • Thank you, Murray for sharing my article with your friends.
    Nick Gurevich

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