Comments on: U.S. power: Down but still unrivaled http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2013/05/21/u-s-power-down-but-still-unrivaled/ Thu, 21 Jul 2016 07:57:19 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: matthewslyman http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2013/05/21/u-s-power-down-but-still-unrivaled/#comment-72815 Fri, 24 May 2013 09:03:55 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=20695#comment-72815 Very interesting, and useful information too.

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By: REMant http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2013/05/21/u-s-power-down-but-still-unrivaled/#comment-72795 Thu, 23 May 2013 02:10:09 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=20695#comment-72795 GDP and growth are absolutely meaningless terms. Both of these gentlemen are simple monetarists who believe printing money makes a difference. The only thing it does is rob the savings of those who, unlike them, actually work for a living. You can call that power if you want, but in a larger view, I certainly wouldn’t.

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By: zotdoc http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2013/05/21/u-s-power-down-but-still-unrivaled/#comment-72791 Wed, 22 May 2013 22:12:41 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=20695#comment-72791 why usse the square root of growth? It seems this is likely to weigh unfavorably for countres with high growth rates like china,thus lessening there importance. Is there some rationale for this formula that is based on real world findings?

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By: EconCassandra http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2013/05/21/u-s-power-down-but-still-unrivaled/#comment-72781 Wed, 22 May 2013 12:31:52 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=20695#comment-72781 GDP, by itself, cannot measure a nation’s power, any more than a company can be measured by looking at its income statement.

The US balance sheet is so heavy with debt we would not be certified as a “going concern” during an audit.

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By: OneOfTheSheep http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2013/05/21/u-s-power-down-but-still-unrivaled/#comment-72778 Wed, 22 May 2013 08:31:09 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=20695#comment-72778 I would like to see intelligent debate as to the purpose of “national power”. Obviously there have been both legitimate and illegitimate uses.

Authority should always carry responsibility of equal measure. Accountability is the Joker in every deck.

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By: roboticowl http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2013/05/21/u-s-power-down-but-still-unrivaled/#comment-72766 Wed, 22 May 2013 01:13:41 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=20695#comment-72766 I would like more of an explanation about why growth is scaled down to its square root in the authors’ metric while GDP and productively are unscaled.
It makes it seems like this metric might undervalue growth.

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By: reality-again http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2013/05/21/u-s-power-down-but-still-unrivaled/#comment-72765 Tue, 21 May 2013 23:11:13 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=20695#comment-72765 Interesting piece, but it fails to mention yest another contextual measure of power, which is relationships – both strategic and economic.
For example, the US helped the EU in its struggle to stabilize banks, the euro, etc. Japan without the US military umbrella and strong economic ties with the US would be meaningless. China without its access to US markets would be a shadow of itself, etc.
The US is powerful not just by itself, but as a world political and economic leader who enjoys good relationships with most countries in the world.
To some extent, the US is also cultural leader, and as a result it has additional ‘soft’ power.

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