Opinion (Rosa Brooks, professor of law at the Georgetown University Law Center): “American influence is waning for two reasons, the first of which should potentially be a source of comfort, not despair. While we continue to have the world’s most formidable military, America’s power in the world is declining simply because once-weak states are growing stronger. Europe, despite its current woes, is an economic and diplomatic force to be reckoned with. China, India and Brazil are emerging as regional powerhouses with increasingly global reach.
“By many measures, we’ve hollowed out the American dream: American life expectancy ranks well below that of other industrialized democracies, and the same is true for infant mortality rates and elementary school enrollment rates. We have the highest documented per capita incarceration rate in the world. And as the Occupy Wall Street movement has helped point out, we have greater income inequality in this country than in any other state in the developed world — and most states in the developing world.
“If we don’t stop lying to ourselves, the decline will be both irreversible and steep.”
My Comment: The one who will implement the method of integral education of his population first will influence the world because he will gain the freedom to act, the power to realize, and success and good luck will accompany him. As Baal HaSulam writes in his article “Concealment and Disclosure of the Face of the Creator,” he who is in similarity (in equilibrium) to the force of Nature (the Creator) is bound to be constantly successful in everything.