I am a novelist. Have written five books that deals with coming-of-age. They are published in Kindle store.
It was the day when it altered the history of humanity; the end of WW II, May 8, 1945. From this day on, America became the undisputed superpower of the World. And America reshaped the world order, both economically and politically. Europe was in ashes, and became divided until the end of the cold war, and so did most of Asia. The United States benefited greatly from the aggressive behaviors of Japan and Germany’s imperialisms and them suffering the defeats, and Great Britain over-expansion of their empire, which exhausted its resources and to the eventual war with Germany, British Empire relinquished its power for good. Most of the developed world was in ruin, and the only other nation for a period that could confront the United States was the former Soviet Union, but their economic model was inefficient, and the most viable military weapon they had the nuclear weapons but their conventional arsenals were less sophisticated than the Americans. America enjoyed being a forerunner of world order and dictated pretty much dictated how the world ought to operate, but not today. Because of other nations, not only China but the middle-power nations, Germany, Japan and etc, have caught up and even surpassed the United States’ dominance in the various sectors of society. Returning to the glory days of the United States’ absolute dominance will not most likely happen unless there is a major shakedown in the world stability, like a major war in East Asia or in Europe. Possibly that might be the main reason why the United States wants war with North Korea: destabilized the region like how it was done in the Middle East. Create a vacuum in the region so that there will be instability. But I think this will be a disastrous proposition because 2021 is not 1945, where today’s world economy is so much intertwined. A major war or any kind of war in East Asia will disrupt the world’s economic fluidity. This is the reason why even for China, contemplating a war with Taiwan will not be a wise decision on China’s part because it will also detriment their economic stature in the short term and the long term. America had implemented its military might to display the power of empire throughout the world, however, the military itself will not suffice its purpose in today’s world due to the ubiquitousness of informational channels. U.S military cannot operate its plan clandestinely without some source finding out whether the U.S is justly operating militarily. The previous generations or even recent years how the United States engaged with the world and also domestically will be inefficient for today’s environment. The world has changed, and ironically today’s modernity was built mostly on American principles. It was revolutionized and developed by the ingenuity of American advancement, but ironically, America is now the threshold of losing the leverage of dominance. Possibly this may be a good thing, it will make America go back to the drawing board and revitalized some sense of lostness that people in America experienced.
The most recent Bloomberg’s most innovative country, the United States doesn’t even break the top ten (1): its eleventh ranking is above China’s. Although many of the platforms that mark the nations on the list are building upon the technologies that the United States has created and implemented; (on the side note, Bloomberg Innovative Index does not include many military technologies which are mostly secretive but only the private sectors. If you include the type of military technology the U.S and even China possess, both countries will be ranked much higher.) If America wants to regain the position of the most innovative nation, it must allow more foreign students who are willing to study science and technology and provide them an incentive to stay in America and reside. This seems like common sense, but because of politicians’ repeated anti-immigrant rhetoric in order to fire up respected voters, I am not sure how it will be accomplished. We need political leaders who will able to convey constructively and precisely what is at stake, not catering to the fear of its constituencies. We don’t need to exam too deeply the modern economy that is based upon the ubiquitousness of internet platforms and high-tech manufacturings. There is a reason why America only has one major smartphone maker and others are outsourced in different countries, and Apple produces the majority of their phones in China not just because cheaper to manufacture there because also many of the major components that make up the Iphones are from that region. Also, the semi-conductors, how intel had lost its preeminence in the industry to Samsung and TSMC and now share with those two companies making the advance microchips (2). The United States, big as it is, does not have enough workers to fill most of the necessary positions to upkeep the technologically vibrant society. If you isolate the state of California, the Golden State is a forerunner in many innovations: from Hollywood to Silicon Valley, but in order to fill the rest of country with the viable workers who will be able to create and manage various sectors in both public and private sector of societies, America needs more STEM workers which are well known, but the will of politicians and the opposition from the American political affiliates deter the need. The political leaders ought to concisely articulate to the American people that if they like their smartphones and enjoy utilizing the internet architectures, we need more people who will be able to work on the platforms. Unless America revamps or restructured the educational system where more students will be able to attain exceptional mathematic/science abilities comprehensibly, the best method of establishing this goal is to implement easier access for the highly accomplished foreign individuals to come to the United States.
The other aspect that America ought to carefully reexamine whether it is prudent to continue its way of governing is looked at the over-complexity of legal protocols. There are so many layers of red tapes needed to be bypassed before any provisions could be passed or implement any procedures, both in the public sphere and private enterprises. Sure, the law is necessary to place a barrier around to limit people from breaking the law of the system, but sometimes, too many legal protocols also become counterintuitive. Instead of law placing appropriate boundaries from people committing crimes, people will become hesitant to do the good deeds out of fear of repercussion if they overstep the legal bounds. And even when someone wanted to do the right thing, which our common sense consciously informed us to do, people are hesitant because like what had happened to the Houston doctor when he decided to provide Covid vaccines that were about to be expired, and unfortunately, he was arrested (3). Particularly, a national urgent situation, like the development of Covid test kit, due to the FDA governing guidelines, the test kit was not developed within the appropriate timeline due to the complexity of legal barriers(4). I think this is what happens when the country is run by an innumerable number of lawyers, instead of focusing on how to carry out the production into the systems, instead we continuously argue about minute intricate aspects whether there will be legal consequences. Since there are so many legal guidelines, we need to implement layers of more legal protocols to reinterpret the existing legal procedures. Just look at the California Code of Regulations. This is one of the main reasons why I think, it takes a number of years and the money to renovate nation’s infrastructures which are badly needed. Ashamedly, many middle eastern nations are doing better job building infrastructures, let alone China. Sure there is a political aspect that slows the many components of nation-building but what constitutes political mindset is the exhaustive legal protocols, but then again it is not surprising because many of the politicians are lawyers. Americans are behaving more like the Europeans, instead of a society that values doing things, but debaters who like to argue for argument's sake. There are probably thousands of different ways that would make America greater, and regain the position of eminent respectability, especially after the disaster response to the Covid 19, but unless the United States focus on building and producing, instead of trolling in social media, which has become a modern electronic version of great American exhibition, within 40 years America may become a mere regional power or sooner.
(1) Bloomberg Innovative Index. 2021
(2) Semiconductor Industry, Wikipedia
(3) New York Times February 10, 2021
(4) Washington Post April 3, 2020