Western arrogance and decline

For three centuries the West built up enormous economic, cultural, and military capital that dwarfs and dominates that of the rest of the world.

Other countries may hate and resent Europe and the United States, but they still have to imitate, adapt, or steal the technology, financial systems, and even popular culture of the West.

Yet this dominance has come at a price for Westerners, one that contains the seeds of our decline.