The country is reacting strangely irrationally to the loss of its importance -- it is a reaction characterized primarily by rage. Significant portions of America simply want to return to a supposedly idyllic past. They devote almost no effort to reflection, and they condemn cleverness and intellect as elitist and un-American, as if people who hunt bears could seriously be expected to lead a world power.Who is hunting bears? The only bear-hunter I know of is Brezhnev. Is Der Spiegel saying that America will collapse like the late Soviet Union? I think the joy is premature.
Tuesday, November 02, 2010
The Germans cannot hide their joy at America's difficulties. Der Spiegel writes: