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USA-A fading superpower?

USA-A fading superpower?

<h1>Superpower USA: Challenges and Changes</h1>

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USA-A fading superpower?

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Superpower USA: Challenges and Changes


The United States of America is known as a superpower with military and economic might, and a lot of influence on other countries. However, the country is facing challenges that threaten its status as a superpower. This transcript discusses the challenges and changes that the USA is experiencing.

Challenges for the US Economy

The USA is facing challenges in its economy, such as industries moving to other countries, global competition, and stock markets benefiting only those who already have money. The cotton industry is an example of a sector that has suffered due to low wages and global competition from countries like China and Germany.

How did the USA become a superpower?

The USA became a superpower through immigration, diversity, and a dynamic economic system. The country promised to rise from rags to riches, and people started from scratch and tried to be successful. The American Dream was a driving force for many, but fulfilling it has become much harder due to a difficult job market and low wages.

The End of the American Dream?

The American Dream is facing challenges due to economic anxiety, a growing number of poor Americans, and a decline in the middle class. The government has failed to look after vulnerable people in society and create jobs, grow the economy, and construct a social safety net. The economy is tilted towards the rich, and people in their 20s and 30s don't have a high education.

Military Power Nightmare?

The wealthiest Americans are outpacing their global peers, and social advancements feel out of reach. The decline of the American middle class and ostentatious wealth of the rich (1%) are also concerns. The USA is a superpower, but economic anxiety is growing, and the government has failed to address the needs of vulnerable people in society.

Pros and Cons of the USA as a Superpower

The USA has limitless resources, a dynamic and diverse population, and a stable political system. It is also a leader in technological progress. However, social advancement is harder, the middle class is in decline, and economic instability is a concern. Only the rich have the government's attention, and the American Dream is only for the "1%." Education is also a concern, with fewer skilled and educated workers.

Background Information

The first settlers in the USA were Puritans who came to seek a new life and religious and political freedom. In the 1760s, the thirteen original colonies started to protest against unpopular British taxes and other laws. In 1776, representatives of the colonies signed the Declaration of Independence, and in 1787, the Constitution was written.

The USA acquired land in the West in the 19th century by fighting over it with the Mexicans, buying it from other countries, or stealing it from the Native Americans. The Civil War happened because the Southern states wanted to keep slavery, and the Northern States wanted to abolish it.

Immigrants left their native countries in the 19th and 20th centuries to escape poverty and famine or flee from religious persecution. People also came after WWII to chase after the American Dream.

The 9/11 terrorist attack on the USA led to insecurity and fear, a longer war, mass surveillance at home, and distrust against Muslims in the USA and the UK.


The USA is a superpower facing challenges and changes that threaten its status. The country needs to address economic instability, social inequality, and education to maintain its position as a superpower.

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