Comments on: A final goodbye to Superpower America? Tue, 31 Mar 2015 01:18:20 +0000 hourly 1 By: SPFB Fri, 10 Feb 2012 00:47:56 +0000 Look at it this way. The global population growth rate shows no signs of decreasing, there are less and less jobs, and the global economy continues to shrink. It’s not just the US that is screwed; every nation is going to hell in a hand basket, even China.

By: BajaArizona Tue, 22 Mar 2011 23:50:34 +0000 This is an endlessly fascinating subject for Americans. Remember, we are not a people bound by shared culture, ethnicity, or even haplotype. So there exists in every American a vacancy where in other places people have a solid foundation of self-identity.

I’m originally from a town in New England. I’m a 13th generation “swamp yankee”. I now live with my Turkish wife in a desert valley that is the longest continuously inhabited spot in North America (4,000 years), yet is filled with people who just got here. To be 3rd generation here is to have some serious roots. And there are dozens of cities like this in the American West. Neither I nor my first generation wife feel at all bound by our respective origins in how we choose to live our lives. This is very liberating. We are free thinking agnostics who are running our own business and charting a course through business and life that has no obvious precedent to guide our decisions. However, the flip side is that we are deeply insecure. The weight of our decisions and efforts on a daily basis has immediate consequences, good or bad. There is always a mountain of work left to do, information left to absorb, decisions left unmade. Even Americans who don’t run their own business are usually juggling their personal affairs as though they were–by networking, studying, trying to come up with a new idea or angle that will pay off someday, somehow. We’re all hustling, all the time, just to survive.

I suppose I’m saying that reflexively looking over your shoulder in fear of the competition is one of the few things we Americans do have in common with each other. I’m tempted to think that there is a correlation with this habit and our success. Maybe the moment when we stop wringing our hands about falling behind is when we really will start falling behind.

By: Sernadon Sat, 19 Mar 2011 01:26:01 +0000 The great experiment. The United States when people were inspired. United States Inc. A different kind of Inpiration . Like all corporations the focus is on the dollar. It is said the measure of society is how we treat our young and our old. We do away with our young if we do not want them in two ways, first by way of abortion. Another method is to abandon and sabotage their future. It is amazing how efficient we are when we want to be. We honor and champion corporations as though a corporation is a human, and we kill and hobble our future because our children are human.. Just a thought.

By: rusman Thu, 17 Mar 2011 15:23:40 +0000 Although future predictions fail to take into account the exponential increase in any human endeavor, Americas dominance is secure as long as it’s 3000 odd universities continue to graduate skilled individuals. As soon as the balance of financial burden shifts noticeably away from education to sunk costs like military derived activities decline will follow.
Americas decline may be inevitable however the next 100 years should not see it’s inception.

By: Limey Tue, 15 Mar 2011 20:29:25 +0000 We are definitely approaching the final goodbye for this once proud superpower and the reason is obvious, it is crushingly divisive politics.Politicians in this country spend far too much time taking potshots at each other to work effectively in working towards overcoming the enormous problems that this country faces economically.Obstructionist attitudes and fanatical ideological differences mixed with lobbyists vying for favors after donating, or promising donations, towards a hugely corrupt electoral process only serve to further deepen the failures of an out of control political system where the accumulation of individual wealth leaves national concerns for the future and their solutions in second or even third place.
It is only when politicians and all the people of this country put their differences aside and unite to strive for a common good that serious debilitating problems such as these can be put aside and a healthy and prosperous future for the country might be achieved.

By: ViperMD Tue, 15 Mar 2011 02:20:07 +0000 Many, many reasons to understand the extraordinary strengths of the US and for optimism in the future:

1) The US is the world’s largest manufacturer, with a gross output of nearly $5 trillion ( >$2 trillion in GDP contribution) producing 20% of all the world’s manufactured goods, a market share it has held for decades – Japan and the EU have had their shares decline precipitously, something rarely noted – also America produces one-third of all the world’s high tech goods. (manufacturing jobs have been lost in less competitve industries, yet has remained strong in higher value industries)
2) The US spends 35-40% of the world’s research and development money, guarenteeing future prosperity
3) At $15 trillion, it remains by far the largest economy in the world, 3x’s larger than China
4) The US is deliberative, self-critical, and self correcting, and so unlike some of those in Europe and the Middle East who incessantly criticize the US, America is dynamic and fluid, changing as it needs to–identifying problems and rapidly fixing them, remaining forever adaptable and formidable and certainly the most extreme opposite of stagnant or ‘flat footed.’
5) Its unmatched culture of leading universities, think-tanks, public debates, entrpreneurship, coupled with its domination of technology and science provides it with an extraordinary productivity and potential.
6) Despite what some may say, the US, without imposing, has the most attractive culture the world over; this is a reflection of the overt and subtle things about America and Americans which makes it so emulated and great.
7) The net worth of Americans even after the ‘Great Recession’ is some $60 trillion, a sum equivalent to the entire world’s annual output (GDP).

And regarding China:
1) It will be the first nation in human history to become old before it became rich, an enormous and techtonic shock to its already fragile social fabric
2) As of 2010, China has peaked in its labor force – every year going forward, their will be more ‘pensioners’ (although there is no safety net) than productive laborers
3) Tibet, Xinjiang are just two most restive regions – political stability is a shame there – read the most authoritative strategic analyzers today, STRATFOR, as they have repeatedly predicted massive calamities for China ahead.

By: Economist234 Mon, 14 Mar 2011 13:52:00 +0000 I am a numbers guy and it this simple: Americans talk about balancing the budget with numbers like 100Billion. Common, get real, you are 50 billion or more negative per month on the balance of trade. The Republican balance the budget is a smoke screen from the conservatives and the Democrats appear ignorant. The real problem is you are an import nation with a terrible balance of payments. One of your main exports is weapons and that trend will be in decline as the world becomes more enlightened. You will have to make major structural changes in order to change this but it will be blocked by Republicans. You are the only nation in the world that encourages outsourcing and will not regulate to reduce energy consuption (i.e. conservation). By economics alone the US will collapse between 2020 – 2024. I have caught every major decline so far. Derivatives have gone from 268 trillion to currently 768 trillion and still no regulation.

By: fuzzyanalysis Mon, 14 Mar 2011 02:21:48 +0000 Do a search for “countries that were not affected by the recession”. Now look at what is common amongst all of those countries – they are the countries who:

1. Were the most independant i.e. didn’t rely on international trade for survival, had established internal markets, and
2. Off-shored their labour force the least

Australia, Poland, China, Germany, much of Southeast Asia and South America…

Personally I think if the US invests in innovating renewable energy products (solar, wind, electric vehicles, etc) and hiring domestic employees then there is hope. The reliance on foreign oil and cheap labour is destroying America.

By: rootuser Sun, 13 Mar 2011 19:53:14 +0000 I think the elephant in the room is the obvious decline of the US. The question everyone has to ask is, can the earth sustain the rise of other superpowers? How many people can we put on this earth, and how many nuclear weapons and how many cars? I think mother nature is letting us know.

By: paintcan Sun, 13 Mar 2011 13:39:45 +0000 Perhaps all that may really be ending is an archaic notion that one country can be superman of the planet. It’s a very complicated planet and becoming harder for a few big powers to dominate and control. Only children believe in superheroes.

BTW – Rome wasn’t built in a day and didn’t collapse overnight. It took hundreds of years for the Roman Empire to fade away and fall apart. The Senate didn’t close its doors until the 5th century AD. But Naples was still a center of classical learning until the 8th century AD. Some of Rome’s provinces didn’t actually collapse at all. For example, the North African provinces didn’t see the decline into tiny states (if one can actually call them states at all) that occurred in Europe. By the 7th century the North African, Middle Eastern and Levantine provinces were being reunited into the Islamic empires. The old trade routes may have changed and all roads no longer led to Rome, but life went on there as good as it once was. They lost several luxurious Roman era cities to the sands but built new cities elsewhere.

Edward Gibbon tended to think that the papacy was the last gasp of the Imperial system and it ended with the Reformation. The Eastern Empire continued until the sack of Constantinople by the Venetians during the last Crusade.