Also China is a NIC (newly industrialised country). China has vast reserves of natural resources like coal, oil and natural gas. This is used to help fuel industrial development, meaning more jobs and opportunities so making the place more globalised. China has lots of human resources that make it a “winner”. It has a huge population to support its development.
I believe that the political elites have ultimate power in the U.S. because they control one-third of the total wealth of the United States and their wealth allows them to have power over the justice, fiscal, educational and legislative systems. Political elites are defined as a group of people who have a sufficient amount of power that have superior social, political, and economic status. In the United States the political elites are the wealthiest 1% of the people in the country, therefore they attain a large amount of power to govern the American citizens. The elite control the American economy primarily due to businesses they have started over time like oil companies, banks, pharmaceutical companies, and auto companies. These businesses were so large and employed so many people but with that being done, it was very difficult for a mass of workers to come together and fight for higher wages and better social benefits.
Who rules America? In theory America is ran by small groups of people with extreme wealth and power. These are people who own the mega corporations, high ranking military officials, upper echelon political figures, senators and congressmen, and other people of higher standing. Basically anyone who has influence on the economic and/or political structure of the country. What three primary mechanisms by which the ruling class maintain themselves as a cohesive class?
Money is what makes the world turn and it’s exactly what china has. China primarily gets its money from its huge exporting business all over the world. Everywhere you see it says made in china it was made and bought from china giving them more money. Not only has this but America owes china a lot of money from are “issues” that we had and they could pull this card anytime they want and ask for their money. This money could be used to fund next generation equipment for their military technology and even for society.
This transportation could have easily included people, but more importantly: weapons. Rounded, the North had about 22,000 miles of railroad compared to the 9,000 miles the South had spread their land over. Lastly, another great benefit to the North was loaded with factories that help supplied the weapons needed for fighting men. In fact, the Union contained about 90% of the nation’s industry, so they were obviously in the lead of weapon production. Some advantages for the South included their strong navy and army fleet.
Government, as one of the most powerful administrations in the world, does have a significant amount of power that could be utilized in order to conserve these resources and benefit the economy, the country, and to an extent- the world. Robert Samuelson writes simply that if the government introduced anti-global warming laws, “fossil fuel prices [would] rise” and “consumers [would] quickly use less, and new supplies of ‘clean energy’ [would] magically materialize” (Source D). The amount of money it would take to “solve climate change, invest in a clean future, and save billions in imported oil”, would end up being around a dime per capita, per day. This low cost should be extremely appealing to the government, for “few things are more appealing in politics than something for nothing” (Source D). The government has already done a good job encouraging people to be more “green”, but the power they possess could improve the situation exponentially.
America’s distribution of power is one thing that separates from other countries. While most countries’ power comes solely from one central government, ours is divided up amongst many irregular authorities. Many claim that this division of power is what keeps America being the only remaining superpower. The power is allocated between things like economy and even unusual things like conformity and or gangs. It is not unusual to hear a discussion about the influence that economics has on Americans.
He proudly stated, “Since are the highest per capita income place in the world, excluding those small oil rich nations, it is what gives people the opportunity to have wealth and a much higher standard of living than any place in the world.” Also, being an American is also being a part of the most powerful nation in the world which comes with it being responsible for the maintenance of world peace. He gave the analogy, “for if we weren’t the biggest bad dog in the valley, there would be a lot more warlike activities, but countries know that if things get too bad America might intercede and it would be all bad for the country that is taking unfair advantage of other people.” After hearing this, I started to think about my own personal application of it. What drives Americans to work hard? The last thing that he said really drove home for me. “Being an American is also about making profits.” For me, being an economics major, I knew that Americans run their lives on their economic situation, and many times to make profits it is about seeing opportunities, and to some sense exploiting people, but they want to be exploited because it is called work.
In order for the United States to satisfy their need to maintain their spot as a world superpower, the desire for increasing the amount of military defense spending is at the top of the government’s list of priorities. One could argue that the United States’ extreme amount of military government spending is the result of the reputation of being the “peacekeeper” of the world or “the world’s police officer” due to the United States’ tendency of intervening with other nation’s problems or wars. Most if not all Americans would agree with the idea of being peacekeepers of the world; but none are aware of the real absurdity of the amount spent by the United States for the military. As of 2012, the amount for the Defense Spending Budget of the United States annually totaled almost 600 billion dollars. On a list of defense spending by country, the United States is ranked first or the highest amount spent.
Giving examples explain how superpowers can exert influence. A superpower is a state with leading position in the international system and the ability to influence events and its own interests and project power on a worldwide scale to protect those interests. The concept of a superpower has developed to include economic cultural geographical and military influence for example the development in the USA and the development of the BRICs. Firstly many superpowers exert their influence through military power; today military power means access to nuclear weapons, For example the USA has drastically exerted their military influence. they have very powerful military personnel in Western Europe and have their own global intelligence network: the CIA.