Of Nations Broken

Looka my essay!

Where, now, is the great and mighty Pharonic kingdom of Egypt? An unstable republic with a junta fond of silent coups? That it is. Today’s China is, although still immensely powerful, very different from the ancient empire that held fast for thousands of years.

Indeed, the very countries that first took down that great empire now once again look pathetic and insignificant in the face of an entirely new China, enjoying, though in its infancy, the dawn of a golden age or – to use the Asimov term—cultural spurt.

Indeed, it is possible that such a brief revolution may happen to a Western nation. Even America, the world’s economic Titan, is beginning to show its cracks. The harsh “democracy” they (and many other Western countries, chiefly the UK) impose breeds resentment among many.

It seems at present that China deal with their problems in a rather mercantile way; they have so far preferred to buy huge stretches of land rather than send in an army to find the so-called “WMDs”. We shall see.

I do not for a moment expect that China will last for ever; again we shall have to see what happens. One nice trait of China is secularism. The USA is a very much religious-governed country and as it is a (generally) Christian government, military actions can sometimes be dangerously near holy sites.

Of course, when the USA was first created, it was meant to be a society where religion did not interfere with politics. The founding fathers were mostly deists (belief in a non-intervening god) and some possibly even atheists.

At any rate, someone will take over. Let us only hope that they take good care of us all.

9 Responses to Of Nations Broken

  1. very thoughtful points. i was just reading in the new yorker last night that change of course is always happening – sometimes very painful – but the things that come of it can be great. looking forward to your next piece – bravo!

  2. Hey Z. This is very interesting stuff and similar to what I have been studying recently for my degree (Economics with East Asian Studies) and I have some stuff that might be interesting for you, if you are interested in whether China will take over the world, or whether the US will stay in charge.

    Firstly there’s “A World Without Power,” an article by Niall Ferguson about the alternatives to the USA’s global dominance: http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2004/07/01/a_world_without_power
    Then there’s “The End of the Neo-Conservative Moment,” a paper by John Ikenberry which talks about the role of the US in the world since the invasion of Iraq. It’s quite long but it’s absolutely packed with info!

    I hope you get a chance to read these at some point as two very different responses to your essay!

  3. An excellent piece of work. I wish some of my LVI politics students (ex-students from yesterday!) could write something as wide ranging and thoughtful. And I see from Mum’s blog that the loss of the sandals is not really your fault…

  4. Nice essay!

    I don’t think I agree with this line though- “One nice trait of China is secularism. The USA is a very much religious-governed country and as it is a (generally) Christian government, military actions can sometimes be dangerously near holy sites.”

    Aside from the fact that religion is a rather complex issue, it’s worth noting that the majority of the Chinese army right now is in Tibet (I was in Lhasa last year, and there are several posts on each block filled with soldiers who have submachine guns) where they tend to do very violent crackdowns against protesting monks. So lots of action near religious sites albeit not much you see or hear about, and enforced secularism.

    Food for thought. :)

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