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Tuesday, August 12, 2003  

Gulliver Unbound: Can America Rule the World?
Counter-aggregations do not deal very well with the postmodern nature of power. Let's make no mistake about it. 'Hard' power – men and missiles, guns and ships – still counts. It remains the ultimate, because existential, currency of power. But on the day-to-day transaction level, 'soft power' is the more interesting coinage. It is 'less coercive and less tangible'. It grows out of 'the attraction of one's ideas. It has to do with 'agenda setting', with 'ideology' and 'institutions', and with holding out big prizes for cooperation, such as the vastness and sophistication of one's market.


Chris Lansdown comments in response to Steven's post:

The United States is a big place, and it's hard enough to pay attention to Californian politics and opinions when you're on the east coast, let alone worry about a bunch of people who weren't good enough for my grandparents. The Europeans can jabber all they want, but the Atlantic ocean is big and sound doesn't carry very well over it.

posted by Calvin | 10:33 AM

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