Martin Jacques thinks that Obama possesses a rare quality for a president, humility, (STOP FREAKIN’ LAUGHING!), and that we are fortunate to have him at the helm during America’s decline in the world. (I believe there is a very special place in hell for quitters.)
This is the 800 pound gorilla of disconnect between Washington/New York and the rest of the taxpaying country strolling through the room flipping everybody off.
I am wondering how well this type of thought is going to play out in fly-over country with people who DID NOT create the crisis, but are willing to roll up their sleeves and clean it up to save their childrens’ future.
The president’s visit to China was seen as failure, but what if that was just the new standard? Martin Jacques on why the U.S. must get used to decline—and learn humility.
Obama’s visit to China last week was starkly different from previous such occasions. The United States has stumbled into a new era. Just a decade ago it all looked so different. President Bush—in one of history’s great miscalculations—believed that the world stood on the verge of a new American century. In fact, the opposite was the case. The defeat of the Soviet Union flattered only to deceive and mislead. In a world increasingly defined by the rise of the developing countries, most notably China, the United States was, in fact, in relative decline. It took the global financial crisis to begin to convince the U.S. that it could no longer take its global supremacy for granted. This dawning realisation has come desperately late in the day. Even now most of the country remains in denial. Never has a great power been less prepared or equipped to face its own decline.
Fortunately, in Barack Obama the nation has a president that possesses a rare characteristic for that office, humility. He has made it clear from the outset that the U.S. cannot run the world on its own but only in co-operation with others. In Beijing he welcomed China’s rise as a positive and sought a relationship of partnership with it. But as with the U.S. financial crisis, Obama is making it up as he goes along. Like the rest of the ruling elite, he finds himself ambushed by American decline, a situation that his administration was entirely unprepared for.
Is anybody here going to be surprised that Martin was the editor of the Communist Party of Great Britain’s journal Marxism Today?
Martin Jacques (born October 1945) is a British former magazine editor and academic.
He was editor of the CPGB‘s journal, Marxism Today from 1977 until its closure in 1991, a publication which was politically quite mainstream in its final years, with regular contributions from figures generally identified with the Atlanticist left such as David Marquand. In this period, Jacques was the co-editor or co-author of The Forward March of Labour Halted? (1981), The Politics of Thatcherism (1983) and New Times (1989).
Jacques was a co-founder of the think-tank Demos. He has been a columnist for The Times and The Sunday Times and was deputy editor of The Independent. Currently he is a visiting fellow at the London School of Economics Asia Research Centre. During the last year he has been a visiting professor at the International Centre for Chinese Studies at Aichi University in Japan, a visiting professor at Renmin University in Beijing and a senior visiting fellow at the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore. In 2009, Jacques’ book about Asian modernity and the rise of China entitled When China Rules the World: The Rise of the Middle Kingdom and the End of the Western World was published. He is a columnist for The Guardian and New Statesman.
Demos is a non-partisan public policy research and advocacy organization founded in 2000. Headquartered in New York City, Demos works with advocates and policymakers around the country in pursuit of four overarching goals:
- a more equitable economy with widely shared prosperity and opportunity;
- a vibrant and inclusive democracy with high levels of voting and civic engagement;
- an empowered public sector that works for the common good;
- and responsible U.S. engagement in an interdependent world.
A multi-issue national organization, Demos combines research, policy development, and advocacy to influence public debates and catalyze change. We publish books, reports, and briefing papers that illuminate critical problems and advance innovative solutions; work at both the national and state level with advocates and policymakers to promote reforms; help to build the capacity and skills of key progressive constituencies; project our values into the media by promoting Demos Fellows and staff in print, broadcast, and Internet venues; and host public events that showcase new ideas and leading progressive voices.
Do a flyby and check out the rest of Demos’ site.
I will give you one guess who has funded Demos; George Soros’ Open Society Institute.
From Capital Research Center
DEMOS, headquartered in New York City, calls itself “a network for ideas and action.”
DEMOS director of research David Callahan believes America’s problems stem from “the values of extreme laissez faire ideology that have deeply permeated our society. We’ve had 20 years of deregulation. We’ve been told that government is the problem, not the solution.” DEMOS’ remedies require undoing Ronald Reagan’s economic policy legacy. Callahan is the author of a new book, Kindred Spirits: Harvard Business School’s Extraordinary Class of 1949 and How They Transformed American Business.
Grant: “$75,000 over one year to support network/ policy advocacy group working to revitalize America’s democratic life and to create a more broadly shared economic prosperity.”
That sounds so much like the social justice engineering that we are hearing from the czars in the White House. Add another name to the list of marxists that George Soros has hired to spread “America in Decline” propaganda and try to remake the world as we know it.