There’s deeply flawed part of the denialists of decline logic. It’s that we didn’t decline in the past because of some inherent superiority of the American system. We didn’t do anything. In fact, in response to the challenge from Japan (and Germany) in the 1980s and 1990s, we were anything but lax: Congress and 3 presidential administrations took unprecedented steps to put in place policies to boost U.S. competitiveness. Perhaps this is something to implement now.