变疯的美国

波士顿—近几年来,美国的相对全球衰落成了常见的争论主题。后美国论的支持者的论据包括2008年金融危机及其后的长期衰退和中国的稳步崛起。他们大多是国际关系专家,从经济竞争力角度检视地缘政治,将全球秩序想象为一个跷跷板,一方的崛起必然意味着另一方的衰落。

但完全专注于经济指标导致他们没有注意到一个美国国内趋势的地缘政治影响——美国严重精神病发病率的日渐上升(这一比率已经多年保持高位)。这个趋势也经常被讨论,但讨论者常常是另一群专家

严重精神病的普遍程度已经达到了“传染病”级别,我们经常能够听到这种论调,以至于已经对此见怪不怪了。但被诊断为狂躁抑郁症(包括严重单相抑郁)和精神分裂症的残疾症状的国际政治影响是极其严重的。

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