Originally posted by @sonhouse to Wolfgang59
What you are witnessing is the fall of the US empire. It happens to ALL empires and the US is no exception. Another 20 years we will just be one of the boys. China will overtake us in many sectors, science, finance, political power and the assswipe Trump will just be sucking his thumb in bewilderment, 'what the hell just happened'?
"Another 20 years we will just be one of the boys. China will overtake us [USA] in many
sectors, science, finance, political power..."
China has many of its own major problems. I doubt that China will eclipse the USA in power within only 20 years.
China's rise should invoke some uncomfortable questions for most Americans about their
traditional (now largely implicit) beliefs in white supremacy, yet I suspect that few Americans
can muster up the intellectual honesty to face the real reasons for the USA's decline in power.
In reality, the USA did not become the world's leading power in science and technology
until the mid-20th century. (Germany and even the UK were ahead of the USA in many fields.)
US science and technology acquired invaluable benefits from the influx of top scientists
and engineers fleeing from persecution, revolutions, and wars in Europe and Asia.
The USA has been living off this 'windfall' inheritance of talent ever since. Given the
dominant anti-intellectual American culture, the USA has not been remarkably successful
at developing its own native scientific and engineering talent (outside Asian American communities).
Now that economic conditions and professional opportunities have improved outside the USA,
however, the best foreign students don't necessarily wish to remain to work in the USA.