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One of Sarah Lacy’s favorite questions during PandoMonthly is: “What do you believe that no one else does?” With a unique, non-tech answer, Marc Andreessen said, “The decline and fall of the United States is completely overblown.” He went on to argue that the 21st century will be another American century.

He thinks the biggest story of our time is “the development of the world,” but the United States is well positioned to be an enabling force. We can build new companies to provide goods and services to emerging markets. China and the United States don’t have to battle it out in a zero sum game with one winner.

Andreessen believes both countries will do well. But he paused and gave the crowd a giggle with his follow-up thought. “We could, of course, completely screw that up. It is an option, sitting here on day three of the government shutdown,” Andreessen said.

He then likened the United States to that of a startup. “You’re almost always self-limited in what you can do,” Andreessen said. “The stuff that’s going to kill you is the stuff that you’re going to screw up that you didn’t have to screw up.” He believes Americans should focus on making the country better as opposed to worrying about outside forces or threats.

“There’s a lot of what I call ‘decline porn.’ There’s all these books ‘Decline and Fall of the United States’ and Niall Ferguson and Tom Friedman, and it’s on and on,” Andreessen said. “We’ve got all these problems. But I think they’re all fixable.”

Sarah Lacy agreed. “One thing I discovered traveling in the emerging world… You get to a lot of these countries and they would be happy to trade their problems for our problems,” Lacy said.

“Yeah, no question. China would trade in a heartbeat. India would trade in a heartbeat,” Andreessen said. “Which doesn’t mean we don’t have our problems, but I think we can deal with them.”

[Disclosure: Andreessen-Horowitz is an investor in PandoDaily]