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Appeared in: Volume 9, Number 2
Published on: October 10, 2013
The Canard of Decline

Prophesying doom for America is a hearty perennial with many uses. A fifth wave of declinism in as many decades is now rising.

Josef Joffe, a founding member of The American Interest, is editor of Die Zeit in Hamburg as well as senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and the Abramowitz Fellow at the Hoover Institution, both at Stanford. This essay is adapted from chapter two of The Myth of America’s Decline (W.W. Norton).

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