Mutual Aid Society on a Grand Scale

November 17, 2002 | LA Times Magazine |

America has lived for two centuries with the myth of its independence, sure that its sovereignty would protect it from outside aggression. After all, before Sept. 11, the last major assault by foreigners on mainland American soil was the British attack on the White House and the Capitol in 1814. But our sovereign independence, already under siege from new forms of global disease, global technology, global crime, global ecology and global markets, came under direct assault on Sept. 11.

The moment has come for a new "declaration of interdependence" that will embrace America's fully joining the world to which it is ever more seamlessly bound.