By Paul Krugman @NYT
諾貝爾經濟學獎得主 Paul Krugman 感慨由 Donald Trump 爲首的白宮官僚正在系統性的毀壞美國的核心價值觀，Trump 做的完全是和他所承諾的 “Make America Great Again” 相反的事情，因爲那些價值觀才是真正讓美國成爲新一代帝國的原因：
What we’re witnessing is a systematic rejection of longstanding American values — the values that actually made America great.
美國的核心價值 —— 自由、人權、法治：
America stood for something larger than itself — for freedom, human rights and the rule of law as universal principles.
The Pax Americana was a sort of empire; certainly America was for a long time very much first among equals. But it was by historical standards a remarkably benign empire, held together by soft power and respect rather than force. (There are actually some parallels with the ancient Pax Romana, but that’s another story.)
And rejecting our ideals won’t make us stronger; it will make us weaker. We were the leader of the free world, a moral as well as financial and military force. But we’re throwing all that away.