It will take a long time, and certainly the West will remain the dominant civilization well into the next century, but the decline is occurring.
In 1920, the West ruled huge amounts of the world.
The great problem there is we have to have the cooperation of those other Asian countries.
We also thought of ourselves in racial and largely ethnic terms.
Also, of course, for most of this time most Americans thought of America as a white country with, at best, only a very segregated and subordinate role for blacks.
I think clearly the United States, as well as other western nations, should stand by their commitments to human rights and democracy and should try to influence other countries to move in that direction.
Well, I think the United States first of all has to recognize the world for what it is.
The other aspect of American identity worth focusing on is the concept of America as a nation of immigrants. That certainly is a partial truth. But it is often assumed to be the total truth.
But then I came to the conclusion that no, while there may be an immigration problem, it isn’t really a serious problem. The really serious problem is assimilation.
Mexican immigration poses challenges to our policies and to our identity in a way nothing else has in the past.