You will prepare and submit a term paper on America Is Not Over. Your paper should be a minimum of 2000 words in length. In spite of the apparent benefits of the globalized world, some critics reject opportunities and strengths of globalization. Thesis The viewpoint that “America Is Over’ is invented by American enemies and direct global competitors interested in fast decline and breakdown of the super nation. America is not over as it has excellent human capital, strong political and economic system able to resist global economic crisis and inside threats.
America is not over as it is follows unique national and international policies which help it to remain profitable and support its citizens, both economically and politically. Positive effects of current economic situation include free trade and integrated economic relations, low barriers to trade and cultural communication, political unity and easy travel, technology transfer and labor turnover. Governments take measures to make their economies more or less attractive to global investors. In addition, nation-states have retained control over education, infrastructure, and, most importantly, population movements. Indeed, immigration control, together with population registration and monitoring, has often been cited as the most notable exception to the general trend towards global integration. Although only 2% of the world’s population live outside their country of origin, immigration control has become a central issue in most advanced nations. “It can respect its friends and probe its enemies before it tries to shock and awe them. It can rediscover the commonwealth beyond the frenzied individualism that took down Wall Street” (Cohen 2009).
Some critics suppose that the events of September 11, 2001 ruined the national identity and self-identification. The series of drastic national security measures that were implemented worldwide as a response to the terrorist attacks of 9/11 reflect political dynamics that run counter to the hyperglobalizers’ predictions of a borderless world. Some civil rights advocates even fear that the enormous resurgence of patriotism around the world might enable states to re-impose restrictions on the freedom of movement and assembly. At the same time, the activities of global terrorist networks have revealed the inadequacy of conventional national security structures based on the modern nation-state system, thus forcing national governments to engage in new forms of international cooperation. “Confronted with an act of war on American soil, our old assumptions about conflict between nation-states fell away. Civilization itself, and the international system, had come under attack by a ruthless and radical Islamist enemy” (“The Meaning of 9/11” 2007).
In America, economic forms of interdependence are set into motion by political decisions, but these decisions are nonetheless made in particular economic contexts. The economic and political aspects of globalization are profoundly interconnected.