reply to post by dntwastetime
It actually does make sense to me. The one thing humanity has never been able to do with any degree of success is to check our own greed or stop the
march of technology. A few outlier examples here and there - but as a whole, the world keeps turning. Once upon a time a Nation's prosperity was
determined by how much agriculture they could produce for trade, weave into textiles, and other goods. It wasn't long ago that the Steam Engine and
Assembly Line changed the world - killing the craftsman. Now prosperity relied upon what you could mass produce. However, through the agricultural and
industrial revolutions - resources became the focal point of wars. Without land or resources - a people's prosperity was checked by their
environment. This lead to expansion... to the development of empires. Industry became the marker for a nations prosperity up until the mid-20th
century and the advent of the computer.
The information revolution is changing the paradigm once again, and America must stay on top of the pile if she wishes to remain prosperous and
influential. Where once an island Nation like Japan sought expansion and empire to secure industry, now they can sustain themselves by being
marketers, economists, researchers, inventors. They can develop a product with little regard to local resources. They can outsource labor and
materials for a pittance - yet still make bankroll off the invention's sales, or through investments in foreign nations. These inventions, this
research, are of little concern where they originate. They propagate out throughout the globe to the benefit of all mankind. American Genetics
Research, Japanese Robotics advancements, European Stem Cell Research... these lay the foundations for tomorrows big bread winning companies. And this
has lead to globalized markets, outsourced labor, and greater global stability. I recall an article a while ago in which a Chinese official mentioned
that calling in American debts to them would be their "Nuclear Option". Nuclear, because it would mutually assured destruction. China depends on
American prosperity - as we depend on Chinese prosperity. In the end, we are hopefully both more prosperous than we were independently.
As we transition from an Industrial to an Information economy - we empower second and third world nations to transition themselves from Agricultural
societies to urban Industrial societies. This bring money, infrastructure, clean water, advanced health care, and other benefits to them. Even the
poorest nations in the world are richer today on average than they were a century ago. It is helping to lessen the burden of poverty on humanity.
Consider the Internet - invented in America, mostly, but has spread and grown globally. It has empowered the economy and transformed business and
trade. It brings cultures and worlds together through communication, and itself is helping to liberate nations and encourage liberty and freedom.
Dissidents of a government now have public forums to gather, plan events, debate, and foster the free exchange of ideas. On one side of the globe, you
have the ATS servers allowing people to share information on teaparties and whatnot... on the other side of the world, you have bloggers in Iran
gathering protest groups and informing the world of their struggles and hardships. China is no longer the communist nation that Engels and Marx
envisioned, nor their current Communist government the same ideologically as it was 40 years ago.
The New World Order is coming, and it cannot be stopped... because we cannot stop progress. Greed is a basic property of all life - the drive to
consume resources endlessly until checked by the environment. This drives human greed. "If you're not making money, you're losing money". The
markets will not allow us to stop the transition - because nobody wants to limit or lose their money. Ban a technology or research in one nation - and
another will pick it up. An example; Bush's embryonic Stem Cell ban didn't halt the progress of Stem Cell research. It merely cost America valuable
research gains over other nations who had no qualms exploring it. However, our influence on the world stage slowed the progress in some other nations
- who traded ESCR for other economic concessions. Ultimately, it slowed down research for all of humanity - by removing us from the game, the #1
research and education resource wasn't able to compete. I'm talking Universities and Corporations here, of course. We have the most top collages in
the world, but a piss-poor public education system for our children. (This will be a problem if not corrected).
You can't stop it, you can't fight it, you can't control it, and you're using it right now. A New World Order is coming, like it or not. Not born
from a pushed agenda, but emergent from the global marketplace and society. Perhaps it's not the one you think is being planned and promoted...
mostly an amalgamation of interactions to and management efforts of... but not the originator of the NWO I'm referring to.
The Post American World is a world in which any small nation without resources or military, can rival America's economic influence. Japan's
thrashing of the American Automobile Industry during the oil crunch of the 70's and recession of the 80's posed a serious threat to one of
America's most important remaining industrial bases during a critical transitional time. If we lost the Big 3, we lost a large chunk of our position
on the world stage. Even today, the Auto Industry is still influential enough in our economy to warrant special bail outs and government assistance -
such as "Cash for Clunkers". Newspapers across America are falling into bankruptcy and closing shop - yet they get nothing. They don't generate the
money or employment the big 3 do either... and we have perfectly good replacements via the internet and television. The very mediums pushing the
papers to the brink in an already bad economy.
The book pictured with Obama in the OP isn't about the fall of America, but the rise of the rest of world. With or without us, they WILL rise and
challenge our position. It's useful as a thought experiment to take a speculative look into a possible post-American dominated world, to try to
identify the hazards and potentials. So that as we transition TO the future, we have an idea of the pitfalls to look out for.
[edit on 29-8-2009 by Lasheic]