"Ronald Reagan descrption of the Soviet Union asd the evil empire had no impact on it. Gioven the censorship at that time, don't even thionk this was relayed to soviet citizens."
I would agree with you, except that I recall news stories from the 80's in which Soviet interviewees lamented, "Why do the rest of the world hate us?" I figured some info. was getting through.
"This is why we need a counter power to the Chinese influence. Meaning the Europeans and Americans would better unite against the Chinese than fight with each other. But for this the US government should be less driven by the personal interests of very few people and the European governments (and peoples) should be more efficient in building a united Europe."
Speaking from our side of the pond, Americans can't seem to get it together amongst ourselves . . . so how can we possibly unite with ppl in other countries? The trend seems to be that we will become even more conflicted amongst ourselves, rather than uniting. Maybe the EU has a better chance of being that new world leader? I don't know.