Thursday, July 3, 2008

America's Days Aren't Numbered

Too much doom and gloom, he asserts.

... since humans climbed out of the trees and began surveying the lion-infested Savannah, none have ever lived in a period more prosperous, secure and stable than Americans do today. The U.S. is not only the wealthiest and most powerful country on earth now, but in all of history. There's never been a better time and place to be alive than America in the 21st century.

Maybe from America it looks so. And, by the way, he's obviously a Darwinian, and not a creationist (since humans climbed out of the trees), no?

So why all the decline theorists?Here's my theory: Prosperity and security are boring. Nobody wants to read about them.

Mr. Madden, a professor of history at Saint Louis University, is the author, most recently, of "Empires of Trust: How Rome Built – And America Is Building – A New World," out this month by Dutton.

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