Vale a pena ler este artigo com atenção, pois o evidente declínio americano diz respeito a todos nós ... e de que maneira! Trata-se da versão online do artigo “Die verzweifelten Staaten von Amerika” (Os Estados Desesperados da América) publicada no DER SPIEGEL impresso da semana finda.
SPIEGEL ONLINE, 11/01/2010
A Superpower in Decline: Is the American Dream Over?
America has long been a country of limitless possibility. But the dream has now become a nightmare for many. The US is now realizing just how fragile its success has become -- and how bitter its reality. Should the superpower not find a way out of crisis, it could spell trouble ahead for the global economy. By SPIEGEL Staff
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Discurso de Abraham Lincoln perante jovens americanos em 1838. Neste discurso Lincoln reconhece o princípio do “cá se fazem, cá se pagam”.
Oxalá que os EUA de hoje o compreendam também, porque senão o mundo está perante um grande perigo.
"At what point shall we expect the approach of danger? By what means shall we fortify against it? Shall we expect some transatlantic military giant, to step the Ocean, and crush us at a blow? Never! All the armies of Europe, Asia and Africa combined, with all the treasure of the earth (our own excepted) in their military chest; with a Buonaparte for a commander, could not by force, take a drink from the Ohio, or make a track on the Blue Ridge, in a trial of a thousand
At what point, then, is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, if it ever reach us it must spring up amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of free men, we must live through all time, or die by suicide. The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln edited by
Roy P. Basler, Volume I, "Address Before the Young Men's
Lyceum, of Springfield, Illinois (January 27, 1838), p. 109.