Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely.
Another superpower may have used other means, however largely or subtley different, to create and defend the same position Washington gained, has held and intends to hold. Based on the US Constitution (no official language), the spread of pop culture (as opposed to high culture and classical education), and the succesful modes used over its historical power lineage and own history, these are the ways through which the superpower (or forces using that shell to enforce their own hunger for power and control) communicably exercises this power. To the detriment of what Europe, an everpresent potential rival it had displaced in that position it must never be forgotten, had already previously learnt, built and is being assisted in degrading and disassembling due to their inawareness of how this is being done.
If the metaphor of getting the masses to understand economic actions through intimate relation to the concept of the household (which reflected particularly well by the German term Haushalt to denote budget), ultimately in the effort to fix the idea of the bottom line in the mind of the underinformed citizen, fixation and reaction to which feeds off the average person’s dedication to family to the moral value of responsibility in seeking to live without debt, why is this metaphor then not extended to explain when dealing with the collective economy the irresponsibility and infantility of using up finite resources as if they were not finite within the bounds of the household (which has very real and perceptible boundaries)?
One important distinction between Europe’s Enlightment and post-Enlightenment period of world leadership, and the USA’s capture of the throne after WWII, is the overencompassing attribute of its guiding philosophers. The European period, particular before and leading into WWI, was defined by the public’s awareness of its guiding philosophers. Nietzsche, Kant, Hume to name a few. After WWII this characteristic changed. Wittman, Bernays, perhaps George Kennan. Completely unknown to the Europe public. Putting Wittman aside, working fully in the background in the USA as well. While the impacts of and policy adherence to the ideas and concepts of these thinkers, ultimately as deeply in Europe as in the USA due to follow-on effects of US management in rebuilding and refinancing Europe, as is so often demonstrated by political scientists and sociologists, all in directly inverse proportion to the public awareness of these figures and there theories there.
Covert philosophers one might say, guiding societies in exactly such a manner and mechanism of covertness as is the nature of the US World Empire a covert empire of world control. To which it adds, as time goes on and new imperatives and social paradigms arise, new covert forms of control: World Bank, IMF, think tanks, petrodollar, the removal of Glass-Steagal… Facebook and Fake News.