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What the current world situation makes me think of is the pre-Revolution days when the British wanted the colonies to be subservient to British interests. The Brits were the world power and couldn’t see that the world was changing. The Brits were arrogant to say it more succinctly. I think much of the world now conspires and plots against the US in reaction to our arrogance and refusal to recognize that others have self interests too, and that perhaps not everyone wants to be just like us or do it our way.

There is no place else I would ever want to live (well maybe except for the Canadian Maritimes, but I am a dual US-Canadian citizen) and I am proud of all the good the US has done in the world, but treating the BRICs as poor relatives that must be tolerated is going to bite us hard one of these days.