(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder)
Imitation Without Affection
Black Friday and American Soft Power

Why do Europeans resent America, even as they continue to copy it? Never mind Donald Trump. The United States is the steamroller of modernity that invents stuff, ideas, and images the world cannot resist.

Published on: December 6, 2019
Josef Joffe serves on the editorial council of the German weekly Die Zeit. He is also a fellow of Stanford’s Hoover Institution and a member of the executive committee of The American Interest. This piece builds on the author’s “A Canvas, Not A Country,” in Peter Schuck and James Q. Wilson, eds., Understanding America: The Anatomy of an Exceptional Nation.
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