Unformatted text preview: st and the Balkans, laid bare the real impotence of the US military.Todd, like Wallerstein, sees the trouble facing America as primarily economic. With its trade deficits, dependency on foreign , the United States has squandered its "soft power" (that is, its ability to persuade by example) while becoming soft in other ways -- economically dependent on a world that it increasingly antagonizes. Soon enough , Todd argues, even the British will distance themselves from the United States and realize that they belong instead to the "European community of values ." What goes up must come down. If not now, someday. It happened to the Romans. Surely it will happen to us. And when it does, you can't say nobody saw it coming.. . .
capital, and emerging plutocracy HEGEMONY IS UNSUSTAINABLE--HISTORY PROVES THAT IT SPARKS POWER REDISTRIBUTION AND CHALLENGERS LAYNE (Professor of Political Science at Texas A&M) 2006 [Christopher, The Peace of Illusions: American Grand Strategy from 1940 to Present, Cornell University Press (Ithica), p. 150-151 //wfi-tjc]
`The distribution of power in the international system never is static, because souse states are gaining relative power while others are losing it. A hegemon's grip on preponderance begins to loosen when the relative power gap between itself and some of the others starts narrowing appreciably. When that gap closes enough, an inflection point is reached where the hegemon's hard-power capabilities no longer are an effective entry
barrier to others' emergence as peer competitors. As Gilpin puts it, "The critical significance of the differential growth of power among states is that it alters the cost of changing the international system and therefore the incentives for The redistribution of power in the international system caused by differential growth rates invariably has important geopolitical consequences: time and again relative "economic shifts heralded the rise of new Great Powers which one day would have a decisive impac...
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