Debt, Democracy, and the Future of American Power

Monday, April 23, 2012

Michael Moran, Editor-in-Chief of Renaissance Insight and author of Slate's blog "The Reckoning," explores the variety of forces converging to challenge U.S. leadership—including information technologies, the growing prosperity of countries like China, India, Brazil, and Turkey, and the diminished importance of Wall Street in the face of global markets. His book The Reckoning: Debt, Democracy, and the Future of American Power, looks at the serious consequences this shift will have for the wider world.


Robert Moran

Comments [5]

mark from NJ

DID I HEAR CORRECTLY? Did I really hear Lenny comment that the percentage garnered by LePen in the first-round polls suggests that some French voters feel "maybe the Vichy Government wasn't such a bad idea?
For starters, I am no great fan of the French, and I find loathsome Mme Marine LePen and her simplistic, xenophobic, "just throw out the immigrants and all problems will be solved" ideology. Finally, I don't want to distract from the guest's topic -- American power in a changing world.
But to suggest, as Lenny apparently did, that there's some equivalence between LePen's intentions and the Nazi collaborators of Vichy, who were complicit in rounding up French citizens and deporting them to wholesale slaughter in the camps, is simply, factually wrong. More than wrong, it's offensive to the memory of those who died.
Maybe Lenny was looking for a cheap laugh at the expense of the French. I'd suggest that he look elsewhere. This misguided jape was unworthy of the usually well-informed tone of the Lopate show.

Apr. 23 2012 01:09 PM

Correction: that should be "14% of eligible voters".

Apr. 23 2012 12:34 PM

It's not really correct to say that 20% of France supports, or even voted for, LePen. The most that could be said is that 20% of the 70% of voters who turned out for a preliminary election (i.e. 14% of those who voted) voted for LePen. What percentage of these did so as a simple protest vote (similar to those who voted for Berlusconi only once) remains to be accounted for.

Apr. 23 2012 12:32 PM

We have huge internal tariffs: income tax, social security tax, high corporate taxes, property taxes, etc.
We have minimal external tariffs.
The tax code incentives offshore investments.
We don't need subsidies.
The government should stop crippling the economy.

Apr. 23 2012 12:20 PM
tom from astoria

I can't help but think that our loss of power on the world stage is caused primarily by giving away tens of millions of jobs to developing countries. Just think how robust our economy AND global power were when all those factories employed American workers.

Apr. 23 2012 12:13 PM

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