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Trivia Tidbit Of The Day: Part 18 - America's Unsurpassed Wealth.

The American Century-

Today, America's relative share of the world's wealth is roughly 21.3%, using CIA estimates of GDP. Meanwhile, the GDP of the United Kingdom accounts for approximately 3.2% of the global economy.

It wasn't always that way, however.

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Source:

Page 248, The Tragedy of Great Power Politics, by John J. Mearsheimer.


The balance of power in the world will likely shift again in the coming century, as India and China emerge as economic giants, as Europe's demographic crisis renders it less relevant, and as the global economy becomes more integrated. As the world becomes more, then less, dependent on fossil fuels, the balance of power could shift dramatically.

The table above is just a reminder that we, as a nation, and as a civilization, must always strive to improve our situation. Those who fail to anticipate and respond to the tides of history will be swept away in its current.

We must be cognizant of threats on the horizon without overhyping them, and we must adapt and reform our society and economy to meet the challenges of a changing world.


Previous trivia tidbits:

Part 1; Part 2; Part 3; Part 4; Part 5; Part 6; Part 7; Part 8; Part 9; Part 10; Part 11; Part 12; Part 13; Part 14; Part 15; Part 16; Part 17.


Daily Trivia Tidbits cover a wide range of topics; you never know what you might find. Stay tuned to WILLisms.com for more.

Posted by Will Franklin · 16 April 2005 10:32 AM

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