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Originally posted by curioustype
As could be the turbulence entering the vacum of power this will create...of course, on the plus side, if we don't wipe ourselves out on a whole planet scale, somewhere there will be great opportunity and creativity at the heart of new emerging powers, perhaps?
The dilemma posed to the "departing" power by the "arriving" power is always agonizing. The cost of resisting Germany's rise was heavy indeed for Britain; it was much easier to slide quietly into the role of junior partner to the U.S. Should America seek to contain China or to accommodate it? Opinion polls suggest that ordinary Americans are no more certain how to respond than the president. In a recent survey by the Pew Research Center, 49% of respondents said they did not expect China to "overtake the U.S. as the world's main superpower," but 46% took the opposite view.
Coming to terms with a new global order was hard enough after the collapse of the Soviet Union, which went to the heads of many Western commentators. (Who now remembers talk of American hyperpuissance without a wince?) But the Cold War lasted little more than four decades, and the Soviet Union never came close to overtaking the U.S. economically. What we are living through now is the end of 500 years of Western predominance. This time the Eastern challenger is for real, both economically and geopolitically.
The gentlemen in Beijing may not be the masters just yet. But one thing is certain: They are no longer the apprentices.
Originally posted by deltaboy
People thought the 1960s was the decline of the so called American Empire. Or the 1930s, or the Civil War or so on. Which one was it? Now when America really falls, does that mean no more America? No more existence of Americans? Culture?
Originally posted by masqua
Originally posted by tristar
I will object to your assumption's as to the reason " why "
That's nice. I love conversation.
Any reasoning behind your objection or is that all you have?
Originally posted by SaturnFX
There is one way out of this
a massive federal investing in technological innovation. Thats all that need happen here. reduce the military spending by half and spend that in ushering in new groundwork for american industry. holographic tech, robotics, etc...things the private sector can explode on and create worldwide demand.
-share- the tech with the american public with conditions that 80% of manufacturing and development be done on our shores...
Originally posted by tristar
Back to topic.
What i object to is comparing the U.S. to the Roman Empire, although similar in many ways, that alone does not allow to make a parallel comparison. To begin with, the current push to automate the financial sector has created a precedent across the board in slashing the cost production cost of goods.
Originally posted by fooks
btw, how long has the US actually been an empire?
the country is less than 300yo.
shortest empire in history.
gimme a break, it will not be declining anytime soon.