Thursday, March 31, 2005

My Thoughts on Hegemony --
Bradford Plumer and Ezra Klein both ponder the idea of American hegemony and what it is good for.

Both seem uncomfortable with the role of hegemon, although neither finds a good reason to just outright give it up. Klein is resigned to it, though and offers ideas on how the Democrats can capitalize on the American spirit that makes us want to be number one in the world.

I'm not sure that Klein's read of America is accurate, though. The ugly American stereotype is true in some regards. Americans believe in the superiority of their country. Max Weber could probably write something on how the Protestant origins of this country lead to an expectation that military and economic preeminence is the just reward for being the best.

It's a failing of liberals that they often appear to hate America and I think Klein may be globalizing white liberal guilt in a way in trying to motivate himself into being comfortable with American hegemony.

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