From Sojo (re. req.), America the Exceptional: What kind of nation are we called to be, arrogantly superior or humbly exemplary? The Greatest Country on Earth: What the United States can learn from the tiny island nation of Mauritius. Is the United States too big to succeed? Roman Skaskiw investigates. A review of The World America Made by Robert Kagan (and Kagan on why the world needs America). Colum Lynch on reflections from the far reaches of the American empire. How empires fall (including the American one): An interview with Jonathan Schell, author of The Unconquerable World: Power, Nonviolence, and the Will of the People. Andrew J. Bacevich on why the American Century is over — good riddance. “Losing” the world: Noam Chomsky on American decline in perspective (and part 2). From Foreign Policy, the rise or fall of the American Empire: Daniel Drezner, Gideon Rachman and Robert Kagan tackle the great decline debate; and the debate over American decline is missing the point — all this talk about projecting U.S. power abroad means nothing if we can't fix our severe problems at home. America is the best country in the world at being last — how can we change that?