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Few people who are in Asia or who are interested in Asia can afford not to study Kurt Campbell’s new bookThe Pivot: The Future of American Statecraft in Asia. The book justifies the pivot by arguing that “the lion’s share of the history of twenty-first century will be written in Asia.”
Both the Democratic and Republican parties promise Americans more and better jobs, a vibrant economy. But what if this is truly a dreaming field, which no one can build? The time has come to consider a fundamental change in what we aspire to.
“In an Afghanistan ravaged by war and poverty, an ancient tradition has been secretly revived: Young boys sold by their families to wealthy merchants and warlords, taught to dance and entertain, and used for sex.”
Much of contemporary analysis treats the public and private sectors as two rather separate and fundamentally different realms. Many see one of the two sectors as inherently virtuous and the other as corrupt. The paper shows, in considerable detail, that the two sectors are deeply intertwined. It follows that we need a rather different framework to study state and society.
Both Haidt and Brooks may well be right that immigration is a very significant factor in the current reaction of the nationalists to the liberal policies favored by globalists; however, it is far from the only one. Two other major factors are involved: the march of individual rights, and the growing community deficit.