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Prospect’s new issue—the myth of American decline

By Tom Chatfield  

Cover_Feb Financial turmoil and the prospect of recession loom large in current discussions of the US, and cast long shadows over much of the world. Some feel that the balance of global power has begun to shift eastwards, away from its 20th century heart. In this month’s cover story, however, Michael Lind asserts the underlying robustness of American society against three pervasive myths of decline: that ethnic rivalries are set to tear the States apart; that religious fundamentalists dangerously dominate its politics; and that the country cannot afford or sustain its social security system.

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