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Washington, the new center of the universe

Washington, D.C. is poised to emerge as &ldquo;the undisputed center of national power,&rdquo; said Joel Kotkin in <em>The Washington Post.</em>

Joel KotkinThe Washington Post

It took more than two centuries, said Joel Kotkin, but Washington, D.C., is poised to emerge as “the undisputed center of national power.” Compared with other world capitals, Washington has always been something of a backwater, lacking the commercial and cultural clout of cities such as London, Paris, and Tokyo. But now, largely due to the economic meltdown and the “unprecedented collapse of rival centers of power” within the U.S., Washington is where it’s at. Already, the once-mighty “dukes of Wall Street and Detroit” have had to come begging to the nation’s capitol to save them from bankruptcy, and under the glamorous new Obama administration, industries from high-tech to energy could soon become “subject to a Kremlin full of special czars.” Even states and cities on the brink of insolvency will have to come to Washington on bended knee, as “the notion of decentralized political power—the linchpin of federalism—is unraveling.” It may once have been a backwater, but the nation’s capital is quickly becoming “Pyongyang on the Potomac.”

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