The UnAmerican Century

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There is an excellent essay by Deborah Campbell in Adbusters this week on how an over-reliance on military force has seen American soft power–the cultural capital accumulated over the course of a century–melt away very quickly. I remember, growing up in England in the 1960s and 1970s, my parents always spoke of the US with great respect and this obviously rubbed off on me. As I have documented on this blog before, this was a sentiment quite common in postwar Europe with the Marshall Plan still fresh in people’s minds. The goodwill started to dissipate with the Vietnam war and this gained momentum with a succession of imperialist (and sometimes subversive) foreign policies since. What little goodwill remained coming into the 21st century, Dubya and his neo-con puppeteers (a.k.a The Project for the New American Century (PNAC)) have completed obliterated in one foul swoop with their so-called ‘war on terror’. Now, as Campbell notes, a recent international poll by the Pew Research Center shows that the US is now viewed by most of the world as the number one threat to global security.