“Declinism,” or the belief that the United States is sliding irreversibly from its preeminent status, is tempting.
The United States still retains enviable advantages: a young population, financial dominance, abundant resources, peaceful borders, strong alliances, and an innovative economy.
The path away from decline, meanwhile, may run through a rare area susceptible to bipartisan consensus: the need for the United States to rise to the China challenge.
The United States rebounded through innovative New Deal programs that President Franklin Delano Roosevelt used to reshape the U.S. economy.
Consensus OffshoreMany believe it can, including President-elect Biden, who does not accept the proposition of American decline.