The case for good competition

Last weekend, Tony Blinken, former diplomat and current foreign policy adviser to Joe Biden, made the case for good competition.

The US, he said, needs to be engaged in a revivifying competition with China. It needs to be “a race to the top, not a race to the bottom”.

That race, he predicted, would be won by the United States.

Yes, so long as the US does the following:

  • Repair schisms with allies
  • Pursue a moral course in domestic and international affairs and embrace the task of moral leadership
  • Champion domestic democracy and the same, further afield.

Is this possible?

Yes, but only if Donald Trump is defeated on November 3.

Originally published at on July 25, 2020.



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Rashmee Roshan Lall

PhD. Journalism by trade & inclination. Writer. My novel 'Pomegranate Peace' is about my year in Afghanistan. I teach journalism at university