Fox wrote:Voluntarism? US nationalism is sourced and expressed through voluntarism. Is that really true?
To a large extent, yes.
Fox wrote:I'm sure there is something to the argument, but I am a little sceptical as to it forming the complete picture. I do believe that the US is a country of ideas and ideals. I do think these ideas are manipulated to exploit US nationalism from time to time and as the author rightly points out this proposes a danger to the long term hegemonic position of the US.
Maybe... but really, do not all nations and organizations use "manipulation" to gather support for their agendas? And then, I think you need to look into the reasons for and type of "manipulation" employed. "Manipulation" does not always have negative conotations, IMO.
Fox wrote:I would like to point to something alluded to by the writer but not fully explored. The most likely expressions of antagonism toward the US rightly or wrongly are based in economics first and geopolitics second.
Interesting. But could you provide some examples? Do you think Islamic fundamentalists, the group that currently hates the US the most, bases its antagonism toward the US on the economic might of the US? What about China? China obviously thinks that being economically powerful is the goal... to be rich is glorious... China's beef with the US seems largely political and ideological.
Fox wrote:Simply put the US is such an economic power house that it in most instances can ignore, conjole, bully, and exploit most situations it finds itself in. Quite naturally it is tempted to do so. However, such actions do have consequences. Some of them distasteful, plain wrong, regretable, but perhaps inevitable.
Could you expand on this idea? If what you say is true, why did the US bother to waste time going to the UN and seeking multinational support for its use of force in ousting Saddam? True, in the end, the US did go it almost alone... but why did the US seek support?
Fox wrote:Of course the rest of the world feels jaded. Where can other countries air their grievances perceived or otherwise against US economic imperialism?
The WTO, which was created in the world order (with the GATT) that the US initiated after WW2 comes to mind. But what do you mean by US economic imperialism? How exactly does the US conduct this economic imperialism?
Fox wrote:...the US policy of unilateralism is what godes others. That unilateralism created so much ill will toward the US especially in the hands of the Bush administration, that sympathy for the US was quite simply squanded by this administration. I believe purposefully. However, to what end I have no idea.
Others, including myself, believe that Bush did not "squander" the good will of other nations towards the US after 911, but rather, Bush spent that good will and has initiated real reform and a revolution in the most troubled region of the world. We don't know yet to what end his attempts will reach... success or failure? ... but I think he should be credited at least with attempting something new. The old ways certainly were nothing but failures.