Monday, December 6, 2010

The Decline and Fall of the American Empire

Significantly, in 2008, the U.S. National Intelligence Council admitted for the first time that America's global power was indeed on a declining trajectory. In one of its periodic futuristic reports, Global Trends 2025, the Council cited “the transfer of global wealth and economic power now under way, roughly from West to East" and "without precedent in modern history,” as the primary factor in the decline of the “United States' relative strength -- even in the military realm.” Like many in Washington, however, the Council’s analysts anticipated a very long, very soft landing for American global preeminence, and harbored the hope that somehow the U.S. would long “retain unique military capabilities… to project military power globally” for decades to come.

Do you agree with this article? Are you ready to compete on a global scale? How many languages do you speak, and how far would you travel for work?


  1. I think it's very hard so say, if The United States will ever become the global super power that it once was. Especially with our downfall economy right now, and the dollar becoming less and less valuable when compared to other nations. Even according to the news article by Alfred W. McCoy, "As a half-dozen European nations have discovered, imperial decline tends to have a remarkably demoralizing impact on a society, regularly bringing at least a generation of economic privation. As the economy cools, political temperatures rise, often sparking serious domestic unrest."
    "Significantly, in 2008, the U.S. National Intelligence Council admitted for the first time that America's global power was indeed on a declining trajectory." Even the nations council know that our nation is declining and power. Although there are movements being passed to try and help boost our economy, it's going to take a lot longer than perceived. In the competition of world power, China is a nation that has risen in its ranks for quite some time. It is one of the largest nations and it is still growing. In terms of scientific power is that the older scientists are retiring and the younger generations aren't be taught adequately to overpower the other advancing nations, such as China. It has been estimated that China's network will span over most of the world and become the new global super power. I don't think i would be adequately prepared to compete on a global scale because school's right now don't prepare students for such large scale assumptions. I only speak one language fluently, while i know some chinese and some spanish. My knowledge in chinese and spanish wouldn't help me survive if i had to travel and work. I think that Americans take for granted that we only have to really know English to survive in the United States. Those who work overseas are the one's that will be prepared for when we will all need to know more than one language.

  2. America's economy is at a steady downfall as we speak. Many historians or political peoples in Washington believe our downfall will be a "soft" landing at around 40 years from now. But if this downfall is going as fast as it is today, then, "Available economic, educational, and military data indicate that, when it comes to U.S. global power, negative trends will aggregate rapidly by 2020 and are likely to reach a critical mass no later than 2030. The American Century, proclaimed so triumphantly at the start of World War II, will be tattered and fading by 2025, its eighth decade, and could be history by 2030." ( The downfall of the United States is inevitable as we go on into the future. By 2026, we will be behind China in the economy. And with that, we will be behind India in 2050. I am not prepared to work overseas as I am only able to speak English and some small forms of Spanish. If I were to prosper in the future, I would have to learn Chinese, as they will be the economic superpower after the fall of the United States. I am willing to travel as far as it takes to work, however. Maybe that will help... "Within a few years, the U.S. is functionally bankrupt and the clock is ticking toward midnight on the American Century..."


  3. I strongly agree with this article. America can't remain as a world power with both a failing economy and such strong disapproval from its own citizens. America has very little cultural influence anymore, as we are seen as wasteful and overly industrious, still using stone age education methods. I am not ready to compete on a global scale, because, quite frankly, I am not ready to compete at all. I have no motivation or drive that would lead me to promote America's position as a world power. As a citizen of the United States, I am not willing to travel far for work. A paying job is a paying job, currently the US offers little room for promotion and creativity, and there is already a lack of jobs, leaving many professions over employed, usually with poor candidates. With these factors in mind, I find little to no reason to want to work hard to support my country.

  4. I agree with this article to some degree. There are many factors contributing to America's decline, but not many that can't be stopped. For example, our dependence on oil is a short lived dependence, as in 15 years or so from now, it'll be gone. But researchers are developing new, renewable, (and arguably most important) profitable sources for fuel. Granted, it's a global struggle, and we are still far off from a stable solution.
    There's no doubt in my mind that soon China will be the world's superpower. We've all seen it coming for years, just most of us choose to ignore it. But I think its about time we stopped being the most powerful nation. It causes a lot of responsibility, which I think we've proven we can't control. I guess we are all just going to need to buy Rosetta Stone.

  5. Yes, I agree with this article. Obviously, our economy is digressing from being the most powerful economy in the world to quickly being dependent on foreign imports. "According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, 40 percent of all consumer products imported into the United States last year -- nearly $250 billion worth of goods" ( China, being the 2nd largest world economy, is quickly catching up to the U.S. and will probably overtake us with their 1.3 billion people population to draw workers from. Also, the U.S. is about $14 trillion in debt, which will leave our generation and the next generation with high taxes trying to pay it off.

    However, the U.S. on a political and diplomatic level, will always retain power and respect from other countries due to the fact that we have always felt the urge to help countries in need being sort of like the "police power" of the world, and the U.N. began and is held in the U.S.

    I am ready to compete on a global scale. I can speak English, Spanish, and a little Chinese. I would travel to other countries to work because I think it would be an exciting opportunity to experience different cultures.

  6. I agree with this article to a certain extent. Its hard to say how our economy will turn out in the future because back in the Great Depression our economy was in the gutters, just like we are today. If we look back we got out of the Great Depression. I feel like everything has their ups and downs and I know we will eventually get out of our state of depression.
    I do not feel like I am ready for this new world because I have not been full prepared for everything quite yet. Maybe after I get out of college then we will see. I also know that the US is getting diverse and we need to know some other languages besides english, but that is the only language I speak. I would also not want to travel to far to get to work because I do not want my whole day committed to work. Life would be pointless if that is the case.

  7. I believe that the “the transfer of global wealth and economic power” has already began and this is shown by the immense amount of debt that American currently has. The United States has always been known for the military force that they obtained over time but with an economy that is constantly in a downfall, the U.S. will not have the money or the resources that it needs to keep up with current economic standards. America cannot compete with China and its rapidly growing economy and it is said that “the United States will find itself in second place behind China.” I personally do not feel prepared to compete on a global scale because the English language is so commonly used in American society to require another language for future work, would constitute teaching or learning a whole other language to compete in foreign business. I currently know one language and that is English so I would be not able to go overseas to work in another country.;contentBody

  8. Yes, I agree with this article. The American economy has quickly been digressing from being prosperous one to an economy dependent on foreign import and riddled in debt. China, currently the second largest world economy, is quickly rising to be number one. "According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, 40 percent of all consumer products imported into the United States last year -- nearly $250 billion worth of goods -- were manufactured in China" ( With their 1.3 billion people, China also has a huge source of potential workers to draw upon. Meanwhile, the U.S. is about $14 trillion in debt due to excessive borrowing to fund the Iraq War. This will leave our generation and our children's generation with high taxes to pay off this huge debt.

    However, on a diplomatic and political level, the U.S. will always command respect from other countries due to our helping other countries in need because we believe that we are the police power of the world and because the U.N. began and takes place in the U.S.

    I am ready and willing to compete on a global level. I can speak English, Spanish, and a little Chinese. I think working abroad would be an exciting opportunity to experience new cultures.

  9. I certainly agree with this article because the state of what the economy is in right now would be in a economic decline. I definetly agree with this article because America is in an economic crisis and it can't be the global superpower. China is exceeding their expectations to the top and is about to surpass America's economy. "The United States will find itself in second place behind China (already the world's second largest economy) in economic output around 2026, and behind India by 2050. Similarly, Chinese innovation is on a trajectory toward world leadership in applied science and military technology sometime between 2020 and 2030, just as America's current supply of brilliant scientists and engineers retires, without adequate replacement by an ill-educated younger generation."
    However the United States may regain there top spot by 2040 but, the United States depend on so much from education to the fossil fuels.

    I believe i am able to take on the global scale. No i do not speak another language besides English. If my work experience i would not want to travel anywhere far out of the country unless i had/needed too.

  10. I definitely have a different opinion than the one stated in the article presented. Though I do feel and agree that America's economy and thus its position as the world's number one superpower has been on a "declining trajectory", I still feel however, that it is too soon to say.
    I do see eye to eye with some of the points expressed in the article, as that the beginning of our downfall was during the Bush administration's decisions, not necessarily through bloodshed, but was "relatively quietly through the invisible tendrils of economic collapse or cyberwarfare". During Bush's term, bad and worst decisions were made,but this was probably the most memorable.
    However, parts of the article I find hard to agree with is that it tries to scare more than inform. It uses a lot of factual evidence, such as "An opinion poll in August 2010 found that 65% of Americans believed the country was now 'in a state of decline'". The article is riddled with these types of statements, in which the writer does not provide any specific sources, misleading readers as there are a number of different polls and researches on this area.
    As for the question on whether I am ready to compete on a global scale, I feel that I am determined and willing to do so. I can speak Mandarin fluently for the most part as well as English, the top two languages in the world right now. If needed I am ready to commute quite a ways for my job, even if it required working out of the United States, as I am extremely interested in experiencing the different kinds of cultures out there.

  11. I do agree with this article. America has been the top power for a while now but i think that is what has made us weak. We've been on the top for too long and forgot how to work from the bottom. "Despite the aura of omnipotence most empires project, a look at their history should remind us that they are fragile organisms. So delicate is their ecology of power that, when things start to go truly bad, empires regularly unravel with unholy speed." As a country we cant compete educationally and the world just sees us as wasteful.

  12. I partially agree with this article. I think the United States will always remain a very powerful country in this world. Maybe not the most powerful but it will always be a key contender in the globe. But, I think that the US will always have the worlds strongest and most technologically advanced military. There are quite a few things that show the United States power is beginning to decline such as our dependence on the middle east for oil, or the tremendous amount of debt that we have been accumulating for years now. Another aspect is when you look at the great amount of growth that other countries have been experiencing such as India and China. India is growing at a very rapid pace but it is still far from being a world power but China will surely become the next superpower of the world and they will do the majority of the decision making that we are currently doing.

    I speak two different languages: English and Hindi. I would travel around the globe if I were doing my own work, not if I was working for someone else.