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Is America losing it's place as a super power?

Posted by on Jul. 14, 2017 at 7:54 AM
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Saw this on another group and thought I'd get your opinion.


The Roman Empire was vast and ruled about 60 million at the peak of it's power. At the time that was most of the world's population. Constant civil war and economic depredation ultimately led to it's downfall. Other world powers included Babylon, The Assyrians, and the British Empire. Today the US sits on that throne. History, however, shows that the rise and fall of these nations are tied to economics and eternal events. Even the greatest superpowers eventually succumbed and were subsequently replaced. So who will replace the United States if at all?

- Will it be China? Their economy has already surpassed the US but their financial sector is far less developed. They don't inject themselves much into non-Asian matters, often choosing "soft power". Additionally they don't have a Navy that can dominate the world's seas like the British Empire and the US. 

- So what about India? Huge economy. They actually surpassed China in population but illiteracy and a malnourished labor force are detractors.

- Russia? Huge. Resource rich. Powerful military but underpopulated compared to other leading contenders (even if they absorbed the former Soviet countries). 

- Brazil? Huge country strong in energy and minerals. There's no other South American power which can challenge Brazil for regional hegemony. A weak military with low human capital could make superpower status improbable though.

So who? Canada? France? Someone else?


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