Sunday, August 07, 2005

The Logic of American Hegemony (Chinese View)

It is unrealistic for now to drag the U.S. from the position of hegemony and to promote other power centers to a higher level, because it is beyond the ability of any nation or group of nations at the current stage. But the outside world can exert influence upon America’s hegemonic policies and actions. Meanwhile, it is not cost-effective and worthwhile to get into an arms race and military confrontation with the United States. To effectively impede America’s hegemonic behaviors, in addition to diplomatic dealings in the international arena, we must more deeply understand the politics, economics, society and culture of the United States, so that we can fully take advantage of those factors within the American society that serve to restrain America’s state hegemonic behaviors. In this analysis, we can see that the domestic roots of America’s hegemonism are deep and solid. Before the U.S. falls from its hegemonic height, in order to shake its hegemonic thinking, we must eradicate America’s unitary ideology of freedom, change America’s nationalism and conceptual framework, make them believe that there are social systems and life styles in the world that are more admirable than America’s. We can therefore conclude that only when there are no more boisterous assemblies of immigration and visa applicants in front of various American embassies overseas, and only when an outgoing emigration occurs in the United States, will the American hegemonic mentality be extinguished, will the age of multipolarity arrive.


At August 07, 2005 4:30 PM, Blogger Laurel said...

I'm not sure where you got this or if it's true thinking from the Chinese - but it sounds convincing.

What foreigners need to realize about America is the deep respect and loyalty the majority of us have for the country. The America "haters" are few - but get the most press.

I have lived in many countries and visited many in the course of eight years and I will tell you there is not one who offers the complete freedom America offers to all its citizens (especially women). I love Europe, but it's highly socialistic. Too many people seem to be willing to give up there own identities for the ruse of "multiculturism" - that was disappointing.

In order for American's to emigrate there has to be something better on the other side. So far only the very rich can sing the praises of other countries. I always thought I would love to work in England some day but honestly the state of England as with many other parts of Europe is in deep trouble.

There was just an article published not to long ago about how the Bush haters were going to pack up and go to Canada. What they found out is that it never happened. These folks realize - especially the rich - who pays there salaries.

I sincerely doubt that China will offer anything better for a long time to come.

At August 07, 2005 4:50 PM, Blogger erp said...

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At August 07, 2005 6:11 PM, Blogger erp said...

. . . In other words when Pigs Can Fly

At August 07, 2005 9:11 PM, Blogger Zach said...

There won't be a net out-migration as long as the US has a high standard of living. The political system (within reason) has nothing to do with this, except to the degree it influences the economy.

As much as it goes against The Party ideology, money, not freedom or any other abstract intangible, is what draws most immigrants here. If this seems far fetched to anyone, just look at the example of Saudi Arabia, a relatively poor country which still draws a large number of poor foreign laborers due to the wage differential relative to places like the Philippines.

Other than that Fjordman, I think your assessment of what the Chinese are thinking is right on the money.

At August 07, 2005 11:46 PM, Blogger erp said...

Zach, the excerpt is from the article, not fjordman.

At August 08, 2005 5:35 AM, Blogger Brian Olsen said...

Apparently, the only good reason that an American would leave America is to live in the country where their parents or grandparents came from or for an academic adventure. Otherwise, it is not sensible to leave, in my opinion.

The Chinese might think those things, but they forget: American companies are marketing to willing foreign consumers. They also forget: their economy seems to depend on the US.

At August 08, 2005 8:59 AM, Blogger Don Miguel said...

"Apparently, the only good reason that an American would leave America is to live in the country where their parents or grandparents came from or for an academic adventure. Otherwise, it is not sensible to leave, in my opinion."

You forgot economics and adventure without the academics.

At August 08, 2005 8:30 PM, Blogger Zach said...

"Zach, the excerpt is from the article, not fjordman."

Thanks Erp. My bad Fjordman.


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