In an article on how COVID-19 signals the end of the American era, a Canadian anthropologist has said that America is a country, since the 1970s, has not spent a day at peace.

Iran PressAmerica:  Anthropologist Wade Davis wrote: "In the wake of the war, with Europe and Japan in ashes, the United States with but 6 percent of the world’s population accounted for half of the global economy, including the production of 93 percent of all automobiles."

"Such economic dominance birthed a vibrant middle class, a trade union movement that allowed a single breadwinner with limited education to own a home and a car, support a family and send his kids to good schools. It was not by any means a perfect world but affluence allowed for a truce between capital and labor, reciprocity of opportunity in a time of rapid growth and declining income inequality, marked by high tax rates for the wealthy, who were by no means the only beneficiaries of a golden age of American capitalism," he wrote in the feature published in Rollingstone.

"But freedom and affluence came with a price. The United States, virtually a demilitarized nation on the eve of the Second World War, never stood down in the wake of victory. To this day, American troops are deployed in 150 countries. Since the 1970s, China has not once gone to war; the US has not spent a day at peace," the feature continued.

"President Jimmy Carter recently noted that, in its 242-year history, America has enjoyed only 16 years of peace, making it, as he wrote, “the most warlike nation in the history of the world.”

"Since 2001, the US has spent over $6 trillion on military operations and war, money that might have been invested in the infrastructure of the home. China, meanwhile, built its nation, pouring more cement every three years than America did in the entire 20th century," he concluded.

Now by COVID-19 outbreak in the US, Millions of employees have lost their jobs and cannot pay their credit cards. Restaurants and shops are only slowly reopening; many cannot pay their rent.

Industrial companies can’t make payments on their equipment leases. Landlords have less income and cannot keep up with their mortgages.

Americans grew more likely in the past month to consider the coronavirus or COVID-19 to be the nation's top problem, with the percentage citing it rising from 20% in a May 28-June 4 poll to 30% in July.

Still, this remains well below the 45% high in April when most of the country was under shelter-in-place orders to avoid further spread of the disease.

The US economy, meanwhile, became less of a top-of-mind concern for Americans, with net economic mentions falling by about half from 19% to 9%.   207/205

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