Failed State or America Stronger? The Atlantic

Analysts question US influence and capabilities, as the Covid-19 exposes corruption, a health system struggling with preventive care and other failures. The United States, with 4 percent of the world’s population, represents about 35 percent of Covid-19 confirmed cases and more than 25 percent deaths. “Our democracy doesn’t produce fast, elegant solutions to problems, and it often fails to provide politicians who meet the moment history dispenses,” writes Kori Schake for the Atlantic. “But what it does provide is a distribution of power – across multiple levels of government and robust civil and private sectors – that corrects mistakes and limits the damage done by even the worst national leaders.” Such failures disrupt the international order yet do not supplant US dominance. Schake notes that China’s Belt and Road projects could become a burden for China, forcing debt forgiveness or hardship for nations struggling with pandemic costs. “Even transparently false statements by Trump seem to create less international suspicion than the systematic dishonesty of the Chinese leadership, because the American president is subject to independent press scrutiny, citizens can freely criticize him, and other politicians can openly campaign for his job,” she notes. Distribution of power ensures that one set of leaders cannot ruin the country, she concludes, and the US will emerge stronger as individuals and communities assess the challenges. – YaleGlobal

Failed State or America Stronger? The Atlantic

Despite many failures exposed during the Covid-19 pandemic, the US still has a key structural advantage with its wide distribution of power
Kori Schake
Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Read the article from the Atlantic about a US advantage in emerging from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Kori Schake is a contributing writer at The Atlantic and director of foreign and defense policy at the American Enterprise Institute.

Also read “We Are Living in a Failed State” by George Pecker:

“Chronic ills – a  corrupt political class, a sclerotic bureaucracy, a heartless economy, a divided and distracted public – had gone untreated for years…. It took the scale and intimacy of a pandemic to expose their severity – to shock Americans with the recognition that we are in the high-risk category.

“The crisis demanded a response that was swift, rational, and collective. The United States reacted instead … like a country with shoddy infrastructure and a dysfunctional government whose leaders were too corrupt or stupid to head off mass suffering.”

  1 US	$21 	1205138 2 Russia	$2 	165929 3 China	$14 	83,968 4 Germany	$4 	167,239 5 UK	$3 	196,243 6 France	$3 	170,694 7 Japan	$5 	15,253
Power and Covid-19: Power does not go hand in hand with health; the US News & World Report ranked countries on power based on leadership, economic and political influence, international alliances and military power (Source: US News & World Report and Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering)
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