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  •  We both have serious problems with corruption (1+ / 0-)
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    My take:

    In poor or developing nations there tends to be the "classical" opportunity-driven corruption; follow the money. Simple. Small potatoes put hands out for tea money. Big potatoes make land deals/whatever.

    In developed countries with more sophisticated economic, legal and political systems corruption becomes more sanitized and institutionalized; follow the politics and it leads to money. K-street, Wall-street, whatever-street, and the adjoining restaurants. In fact, it can become so abstract and systemized that it is easily sold to electorates until the pain threshold is exceeded and jolts people awake.

    Nukes?  Since the end of the Cold War, no longer a stabilizing factor but one that grows more dangerous in certain neighborhoods.

    And then my pet theory: Americans are nostalgic for the good old days of the Cold War when there really was a "World Order" verses the present orderly disorder, and so are clinging to it in the belief it can be recreated. And so you go from Evil Empires to Axis of Evil to Frenemies that must be Contained (e.g, China, Russia, etc.).

    But I could be totally mistaken.

    What about my Daughter's future?

    by koNko on Wed Nov 30, 2011 at 07:54:27 AM PST

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    •  it seems to me... (0+ / 0-)

      ...that more americans would rather see the entire world disappear from our radar entirely than a return to a nostalgic past - but they want that to happen even as it doesn't.

      lots of americans would rather have to worry about football, not china, and for those folks the biggest appeal of a "world order" would be that everyone is finally american, and we don't have to know or care about any other country.

      "...this election has never been about me. it's about you."--barack obama

      by fake consultant on Thu Dec 01, 2011 at 11:54:49 AM PST

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