Why America Was A Superpower Yesterday?
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Why America Was A Superpower Yesterday?

 
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Since history, nations rise and fall, with new powers replacing the old ones. This is because society becomes more complex with greater development9a0-144 and this steady growth of complexity usually will hit a point until it becomes a mounting burden to it, forcing growth to decline. Because of this, I believe America's power today is fading. However, let us now look at history to know what drove it to power in the first place.
Among decades of the 20th century, I deem the 1950s to be a decade that illustrated the pinnacle of American power. Back then, it won World War 2 with that generation settling down. This created a surge in demand for housing with the population also growing steadily. Because of this, consumption was high and this fueled America's growth engines, ushering in an economic boom that pushed the US to glory.
To add on, the first credit card was introduced in 1951. This allowed people to use debt and leverage money to buy what they wanted. Coupled with an increased number of shopping centers, huge amounts of capital poured into the economy and this ensured steady growth which in turn attracted more foreign investments.
Moreover, there was an increase in the number of interstate highways and presence of strong growth in the auto industry. This helped reduce unemployment in different states as they became better linked, allowing labor to be more well-distributed in the US. With robust growth in the auto industry, transport became more readily available. Such improvements in transport and its infrastructure greatly reduced traveling time, allowing goods to be exported faster and capital to flow in more easily.
Furthermore, television became the national phenomenon and demand for services from the mass media grew strongly. This led to a boom in the media industry which itself provided a platform for advertising. With businesses having newer and more effective ways to market their products, their operations could expand faster and with this, America enjoyed higher growth.
In addition, Boeing introduced 707 and there was increased glamor for air crew. This caused demand for air travel to rise, leading to bigger airports. As tourism flourished, more amenities like hotels and 9A0-158resorts were developed, providing America a competitive niche. All these led to stronger growth.
Also, employees back then could expect company pensions and lifelong health care. Such assurance allowed consumption to rise steadily as employees knew they had future income to spend. As they had no retirement savings (discouraged by the presence of pensions), there was even more income Americans could use for spending. All these entailed rising consumption and increased economic growth.
Moreover, China was still a poor Communist nation back then. Without strong competition, the US could harness its competitive advantages of free enterprise and Yankee ingenuity more easily. This provided a breeding ground for innovation and creativity, allowing great technological developments and breakthroughs. With this, the US grew faster than other nations which were still recovering from World War 2, pushing it towards a Golden Age.
Furthermore, with the US dollar being the world's reserve currency at that time, America was the world's new financial power as there was high demand for its currency and people had great confidence in it. This allowed the US to develop its military well, providing a strong deterrence to aggressors and expanding its sphere of influence. Such stability and prosperity attracted investors and when more capital poured in, growth became stronger.
In conclusion, because of all these driving factors back then, America was able to secure its status of world supremacy. This allowed it to heavilye20-390 influence or even dictate world events. However, many of these factors are fading today. Unless the US finds new niches, it is soon when other powers replace it.

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