This is a link to an article by Andrew Bacevich entitled “Big Change Whether We Like It Or Not” from the magazine; The American Conservative.
I have taken a few quotes from the article and they are included below. The entire article is a good read and the video clip I found of Buffalo Springfield – For What It’s Worth (1967) is a great view. A line from the song is quoted in the article !
“In every aspect of human existence, change is a constant. Yet change that actually matters occurs only rarely. Even then, except in retrospect, genuinely transformative change is difficult to identify. By attributing cosmic significance to every novelty and declaring every unexpected event a revolution, self-assigned interpreters of the contemporary scene — politicians and pundits above all — exacerbate the problem of distinguishing between the trivial and the non-trivial… All that said, the present moment is arguably one in which the international order is, in fact, undergoing a fundamental transformation. The “postwar world” brought into existence as a consequence of World War II is coming to an end. A major redistribution of global power is underway. Arrangements that once conferred immense prerogatives upon the United States, hugely benefiting the American people, are coming undone.” … The Big Change happening before our very eyes is political, economic, and military. At least four converging vectors are involved.
First, the Collapse of the Freedom Agenda:
Second, the Great Recession:
Third, the Arab Spring:
Fourth, Beleaguered Europe’s Quest for a Lifeline:
In the words of the old Buffalo Springfield song: “Something’s happening here. What it is ain’t exactly clear.”
Amazed that this is not the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) theme song !