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China has a larger economy and military than the US. The uncomfortable label Hegemon is slipping or better pulled from the US. while the US has lost its grip (education health, income distribution, in comparison to others) This is real. In history when such shifts occur the losing hegemon wants to fight with the rising hegemon and always looses. Can we be smarter, more accommodating? The Pelosi trip is provocative and seems to be brining us closer to the war that is implied by the shifting geopolitical power in the world. We should not be amplifying those dynamics. I live on the Russian River and know that Russia owned this. What if it tried to get it back? We have other things to do like coping with the world inquality and the problems of climate.
1560s, "preponderance, dominance, leadership," originally of predominance of one city state or another in Greek history; from Greek hēgemonia "leadership, a leading the way, a going first;" also "the authority or sovereignty of one city-state over a number of others," as Athens in Attica, Thebes in Boeotia; from hēgemon "leader, an authority, commander, sovereign," from hēgeisthai "to lead," perhaps originally "to track down," from PIE *sag-eyo-, from root *sag- "to seek out, track down, trace" (see seek). In reference to modern situations from 1850, at first of Prussia in relation to other German states.
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