America in decline? Bob Carr bemoans, Wayne Swan draws inspiration
In tune? Illustration: Rocco Fazzari
Bob Carr being misquoted on the decline of the US - a nation close to his heart - set off diplomatic ructions on both sides of the Pacific.
Decline or no decline, we continue to draw inspiration from American iconography - perhaps just not from the expected sources.
Ask Wayne Swan. According to him, a rock star predicted the decline of America many years ago in the lyrics of one of his songs.
While the nation's economy stumbles and its credibility takes a pounding, there is no real sign of decline on the popular culture side. Perhaps Andy Warhol was right after all.
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