The post-American world is naturally an unsettling prospect for Americans, but it should not be. This will not be a world defined by the decline of America but rather the rise of everyone else. It is the result of a series of positive trends that have been progressing over the last 20 years, trends that have created an international climate of unprecedented peace and prosperity.
To be more precise, there are certain political institutions and writers who can end up constructing a beautiful argument for "keep doing basically what we're doing," no matter what the situation. It's conservatism-plus-plus.
It's this incredible Hayekian headfake that never fails. RAND has doing it in every study they've published since time immemorial. It's how Rauch can construct an astonishingly persuasive argument in favor of gay marriage and credibly come out on the other side saying, "ehh, but everything's cool the way it's going now."
And it's what Fareed Zakaria's been doing since the beginning of forever. These guys are the center of the center of the center -- they make these things that look, walk, and talk like passionate policy arguments that are, in fact, the exact opposite. It's astonishing to watch it in action, though. I actually like many things about what Zakaria and Rauch do, but it's important to see this for what it really is.
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