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A de-Americanized world

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It's early days yet, but the farce surrounding the 'debt ceiling' debate and a clear crisis of governance in USA have some inevitable consequences that bode well for the rest of the world (especially for Iran and BRICS), but not for the US, especially not in the medium term.

For a start, it is hard to refute a strong suspicion of rampant racism among Republicans. Racism in itself is not surprising or unexpected, particularly from the likes of McCain, Palin, Romney and Tea Party members.

What is surprising is their willingness to sacrifice the well being of all Americans in order to hurt a black president.

This extremist tendency is also evident in some Republicans' determination to crush 'big government' without a clear agenda on what their libertarian alternative might be.

Worse still, their determination is not bound by any democratic principles as they have clearly shown that being in a minority (in terms of popular vote count or public opinion) does not hold them back from a willingness to crash the whole economic system.

In fact, their tactics are Mafioso in style and involve blackmail and extortion.

Such extremist idealists are in a position to cause serious hurt to the world economy, and this is a matter that the rest of the world cannot take lightly.

The prime problem for the world is the dollar.

In absolute terms, USA is the world's most indebted nation by a huge margin. Its current budget farce is about the extent to which its debt ceiling should be raised and for how long.

It is not about how the debt will be repaid. That option apparently is not even on the table.

And the 'solution' announced today only covers the next 3 months, after which they are back to square 1.

How can the currency of the world's most highly indebted nation with such inept management remain the reserve currency of other countries and the currency for international trade for much longer?

Well, the dollar isn't what it used to be. Many countries have been lowering their dollar liabilities quietly since year 2008.

Reuters today claims:

"The political dysfunction has worried U.S. allies and creditors such as China, the biggest foreign holder of U.S. debt, and raised questions about the impact on America's prestige. The Treasury has said it risks hurting the country's reputation as a safe haven and stable financial center."

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An average Iranian with a keen interest in international affairs. Niloufar is a graduate in Development Studies in the UK, and works as an international consultant in the field of international development (non-profit).
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