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Will US decline soon? (2)

By An Hui (China Youth Daily)

16:14, January 11, 2012

Although the United States has a short history, it has an effective mechanism that enables it shield from social turmoil and violence when facing approaching crisis. Where did this effective mechanism originate? It remains an open question in the academic world.

Many scholars say the United States is the only one in the Western countries that has not gone through feudalism and it boasts mature market economy and democracy. But others say that it is a Christian country under the influence of the religion.

In his book The Fourth Great Awakening and the Future of Egalitarianism, Nobel Prize winner, Robert Fogel, said that the Great Awakening is its religious revival movement, and generally seen as the revolutionary thought of the religion that followed Protestantism.

Fogel said that American religious revival forms a cycle, with a period of roughly 100 years. The cycle begins with the revival, heightening people’s belief and generating new ethics and faith. When the religious revival is over, a new stage will be started, and this time the new ethics will lead to massive political reforms.

As for whether the mechanism can bring the country out of crisis again, you are well-advised to read what Fareed Zakaria said in “Yes, America Is In Decline”, the cover story of Time Magazine, No. 10, 2011. He said that, it is the country’s drunkenness with success that results in today’s social laxity, internal conflicts and heavy debts. The only way to get out of this is to review the past and face the reality.

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Ramakrishna at 2012-01-20219.91.200.*
These were the claims made by the erstwhile soviet Union and one day it collapsed like a pack of cards and now everyone knows the truth behind the illusion of a mighty soviet empire.
Henok at 2012-01-1524.219.175.*
In conclusion, this is not just another County. We did say America is exceptional. Exceptionally Fantastic! Long Live Dear.
William at 2012-01-1467.142.165.*
Like most of what this newspaper publishes, we all know it reflects the opinion of a small number of unelected people. So why pretend to be publishing a newspaper?
indi at 2012-01-14180.215.182.*
This article is perfect example of selective perception by Chinese controlled media editors.They are feeding their citizen with 19th century bullshit. they think that their citizens are fool. anybody reading this article can understand the well crafted language. Chinese govt should stop these things otherwise it will backfire one day.
indi at 2012-01-14180.215.182.*
This article is perfect example of selective perception by Chinese controlled media editors.They are feeding their citizen with 19th century bullshit. they think that their citizens are fool. anybody reading this article can understand the well crafted language. Chinese govt should stop these things otherwise it will backfire one day.
  

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