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Randy Ziegler

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Do you think that the US is still a major power, or are we too involved in other's problems? Be honest!

Do you think that the US is still a major power, or are we too involved in other's problems? Be honest!

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    Mar 15 2012: America isn't involved in other countries problems as much as its involved in getting said country to bend to be will of America despite the repercussions to everyone else.
    I believe the overthrow of the Iranian democracy and replacing it with dictator Shah and having the CIA shoehorn Saddam Hussein into power are perfect examples of that.

    You should read 'Confessions of an economic hitman', its a full on first hand account of how America forces impoverished countries into mass debt and obligates them to buy off some of Americas debt, deal in the petrodollar and sell its resource reseves to America (beyond other things).
    A very compelling read.
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    Mar 15 2012: Depends what you mean with "power". Militarily ? Technological ? Innovative ? Intellectual ?,.....
  • Apr 15 2012: The US is still not a major power but THE major power.
    Of course China, having far more inhabitants, will take over before the end of this century and both can live in peace with each other. That requires no more than a bit of diplomacy and politeness.
    Regretfully the US have a tradition of winning wars and then loosing the peace.
    The first world war went that way by allowing France to drive Germany into poverty.
    The second world war went that way by not following the advice of Churchill to continue the battle and drive the Russian army back inti its own country.
    The US should have stayed out of Vietnam and would have done so if they had first investigated why the French did withdraw.
    The US does not win the war on drugs, nor the war on terrorism, which is very regretful.
    The best approach might be to instruct the Pentagon to start building schools and hospitals in underdeveloped areas.
    In addition to that a better selection on the mentality of recruited soldiers might help. It might prevent movies like "Collateral Murder", the torture of prisoners, the murders on innocent bystanders, waterboarding, and so on.
    Do you know that research done in Greece after the fall of the Colonels Regime did reveal that torturing has worse effect on the torturers than on the tortured?
    Also start loving people, even your worst enemies. you might discover that it pays off.
    And always keep checking whether your actions are resulting in hate or in appreciation.
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    Mar 23 2012: For the time being the USA is the economic, political and military global power, however, India and China are rising fast and will overtake in the next 20 years - maybe less - in all areas of global life.

    My money's actually on India even though they are currently well behind China. I say this because India is a young, open, democratic country with free citizens who can aspire and dream big dreams. China's government has too strong a hold on her people's lives so it may be subject to revolution.

    US power and influence will dwindle in much the same trajectory as that taken by Britain and all other world powers throughout history - a steady decline to the average, but it will take many decades ,so don't have nightmares!
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    Mar 23 2012: Hi Randy,

    The fact that we are too involved in other people's problems is what makes us a Power House. I think other countries is catching up to us or even better in some area's but given that, at least from what I know, the 60's the U.S. has never allowed another country to amass too much power because this then threatens the power and authority the U.S has on the rest of the world......this was also the case in regards to 9/11 as well

    being that I do not have sound on my computer I am not sure if this is the right link to the video but If I'm correct, Chomsky address the point I was trying to make about the 60's...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HFxYyXGMfZM

    then again Harold brought up a great point and it depends on what you mean by power but I'm avoiding semantics being that I understand what your trying to imply.
  • Mar 22 2012: Hi Randy,

    For better or worse, Pax Americana is still in effect. There hasn't been a major war between world powers since 1945.

    As point of reference, the British lost more men in the first day of the Battle of the Somme, than the Americans did in 8 years of Vietnam.

    Best wishes,
    Doug Bell
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    Mar 18 2012: The US administration has gone a long way in reducing the American influence. Our State Department is an extension of the Administration and is not diplomatic in its actions in a time when it is essential. The US tries to buy loyality and good will a singular stupid tactic. Our Amabassadors are political appointees based on money donated to the winning party. We have allowed unions to dictate the industrial complex and now export our product manufacturing. As with Rome and other great societies we are decaying from the inside. Service develops great nations and dominance destroys them. The US is turning to socialism knowing that it has never worked and will again fail and take the nation down with it. Our administration promises benefits to those who could work and elect not to. We need to reinstate the work ethic as the purtains did. No work no food or shelter. Disabled were taken care of but those capable were made to choose. There is no "free lunch". Those who voted for it never got it and the same promises are being made again and believed again. We must return to a Constitutional government to survive. Best. Bob
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    Mar 16 2012: yes.
  • Mar 15 2012: In economics, a public good refers to those goods that are non-excludable. Many countries reap the benefits, while contributing nothing. This is known as “free-ridership”.

    The US provides public goods in the form of common security orders in Asia and the EU, humanitarian intervention, cheap oil, lender of last resort, consumer of last resort, open oceans, free trade, nuclear disarmament, defense against terrorism, international security, control of infectious diseases, etc. For example, the US encourages free trade policies so that they can benefit, but in the process all non-American competitive businesses do as well. The same can be said for halting terrorism, piracy, diseases, etc. Therefore, if most countries are benefiting from a relatively benign state, then there is no reason to depose them from their hegemonic status.

    Likewise, no country is poised to overtake the US in the near future. Russia, India, Brazil, and of course China are common candidates for overturning US hegemony. However, Russia has a serious health crisis with sinking birthrate, pointing to a slow economy. India has very low levels of literacy (43%) and only 5% of scientists in India are acceptable employees by the US or the EU. India has a low number of patents as well despite its vibrant economy. Brazil’s infrastructure is vastly inadequate with corruption, inequality, and the highest murder rate in the world. China’s growth is unsustainable as a result of the One-Child Policy and the aging population that has resulted. China suffers from a “Bare-Branches” problem whereby their preference for male children has left 23 million Chinese unable to marry and start a family. Transparency International named the Chinese economy to be the most corrupt in the world. I cannot make a sufficient argument with only 2000 characters; however, if you are interested I suggest you read Joseph Nye’s “The Future of American Power” in Foreign Affairs Vol. 89 No. 6
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      Mar 16 2012: It is funny how you tell half of the story. Yes America do provide public goods but like the British gunboat diplomacy, the British provided public goods during her empire days. The question is not one of provision of public goods but one of interest. The so-called public goods you made mention of 'security and trade' are mere extension of American interest universalized as general public goods. the so called war on terror, for example, is an American war - yet in the name of public goods a alliance from countries that never experienced terrorism was formed . . Whose interest? The issue of trade is complex . . I do not take free trade or globalization as good thing but that is arguable.

      On the issue of America hegemony - i think it will be replaced soon. It will be replaced by a coalition of hand full of countries charged with the responsibility of providing the framework of global security and economic problems. This is the tail end of America hegemony (which is another name for empire)
  • Mar 15 2012: Yes. I think the US is still a major power.