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Superpower syndrome : Why the world hates America

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After Michael Medved has written his article on “Why the world hates America“, there has been many debates around this topic. I don’t know if it’s a wastage of time for me to spend a few words on this topic, but I can’t resist.

From an American’s perspective
Let me start with the Medved’s article. He viewed the whole scenario as a result of negative approach from the rest of the world and gave almost clean chit to USA. His claims are based on how the world views USA. Three basic reasons he referred to, are envy (towards World’s only Superpower), legacy (of communism and socialism) and toxic culture(Americanisation or Westernization as we say). The most common phenomenon that supports the above points is the rank of US as the most preferable destination of migrants. These reasons are definitely valid and present among the rest of the world and highlights the way American’s think about the rest, but only a few non-Americans would agree to it.

From a non-American’s perspective
The last line of the previous paragraph shows that there is a lack of awareness among common Americans about the rest of the world. Let it be my first point of non-American perspective on this topic. A huge article with lots of reference helped me to figure out what’s non-American’s view on this topic. The basic reasons are : History of war and the resultant sense of insecurity(Hirosima and Nagasaki, Vietnam, Iraq and many more), oil-affinity and manipulation of oil-rich states, commercial aggression, support of obnoxious regimes and International discord (Kyoto, Land Mine treaty and the Arms trade). Another reason cited in the list is the violent crime statistics in USA, which is the only US internal reason mentioned there, is absolutely meaningless. It might cause ‘dislikings’, but hatred is a much stronger feeling.

From History to Modern days
Historically, the contemporary Superpowers are always loathed by their neighbours. Those hatred can mostly be attributed to their affinity to expand their territorial boundaries. There were few states who used to be pro-superpower, and the rest tried to resist it. But, the hatred or at least strong sense of disliking to the Superpower was always shared among them. In the era of colonialism, Britain was hated across it’s colonies due to it’s exploitation of those countries. After WW-II, the cold war initiated the hate towards USA, mostly by the Communist Nations in East Europe and Asia. But, the basic reasons of the hatred towards the superpower remains the same – (security) threat and (fear of) exploitation. Every superpower of the world wanted to shape the world according to their wishes, which generated much anger among the neighbours. In the era of globalization, rest of the world qualifies as the neighbour of USA.

Future Superpowers
USA is definitely a better superpower than it’s previous ones in terms of comparions of the contemporary worlds. Along with the hatred, the respect for USA is also noticable in many countries, which was historicaly less present. The fact also signifies the progress of humanity and a simple extrapolation tells us that the future superpowers might actually be respected across the world. The reason behind this improvement is closely attached to the cause why it has become a Superpower. Historically, aggression and arms were the only means to become a superpower. Slowly, innovation started taking place as the major cause. And today, USA is a Superpower primarily because of innovations. May be, the innovations will be saturated or available to everyone instantly in future. The country which’ll manage them in the best possible way – will become the Superpower. Or, the artificial concept of the ‘country’ will be erased out, and an individual will become a superpower (as shown in The Matrix) by sheer intelligence.

From the neutral point of view and with historical references, it’s quite obvious that the hate-America syndrome is natural in political ecosystem of the World. An ecosystem is such a system, where nobody can refuse to participate. Hence, the world is increasingly getting polarised between pro and anti-US people and will get so in coming few decades.

This is an endless debate. If you are still interested to carry on the debate, you can avail this book from Amazon.


Written by Diganta

September 1, 2006 at 10:00 pm

Posted in US

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  1. Nice. At least, it seems that next few decades US will remain superpower. Aur kya chal raha hai?
    Linked your blog recently…hadn’t updated the blogroll for sometime.


    September 6, 2006 at 7:02 pm

  2. I found this line:

    ❝May be, the innovations will be saturated or available to everyone instantly in future. The country which’ll manage them in the best possible way – will become the Superpower.❞

    to be extremely interesting and along the lines of what I’ve been thinking for a while now.

    At one point, the process of industrialisation was such that the capacity for innovation was the most valued asset. This is because at the time, information was not as easy to share and had a greater value with respect to wealth creation. It still has value, but back then the information was scarcer. Demand–supply cycle means it had greater value at the time, since it was not available to everybody. Therefore those who had it were in possession of an economically valuable item.

    However, the modern ability to network, both socially [through improved communications technology] & digitally [i.e. access to information on the web], means that information no longer has the prime value it once did.

    Moreover, there are now “machines” that can help us create new things/ideas/concepts, through better algorithmic procedures. You could argue this was always the case, but the process is now more efficient & economical.

    This in turn means that innovation ▬ as we think of it ▬ is no longer the heavy lifter. It is the skill with which we use our machines [or tools], that will enable us to innovate better [increasingly adapting to circumstances in a more appropriate/valuable way].

    This has exciting consequences for both poorer populations [I’m thinking primarily of Bangladesh], and individuals as a whole. When air-point communications technology [basically, wireless with faster-than-broadband speeds] is sufficiently economical that even urban slum-dwellers can afford it, it may [I won’t say will] change the way we innovate. A networked grid of poor people can achieve a lot. And some of the most incredible talent that I have come across has been people from what would be considered “very poor” environments.

    Naturally, this also leads to the question of how it will impact individual [or small groups of individuals] power. The possibilities are endless.

    I think back to many of the symbols I had to create [“innovate”] in order to present something, for example ⦿. But now, we are easily able to reproduce list tables of these symbols, such that I now only have to search for the appropriate ones to use, rather than to innovate. Therefore, the only thing that matters, is my overall skill at presenting whatever it was that I wanted to communicate. There’s that word again, skill.

    Apologies for my rambling thoughts, but it is getting late, LOL.


    September 9, 2013 at 2:34 am

  3. “Britain was hated across it’s [sic] colonies”. American revisionist lies. The Union Flag of the UK remains incorporated into countless national flags, the Queen remains head of state of over 20 nations, the Commonwealth remains strong with over 50 member states. Hardly hated! Britain left its colonies with infrastructure and parliamentary democracy; one wonders what the USA has bestowed upon Iraq and its other colonial conquests.

    “USA is definitely a better superpower than it’s [sic] previous ones in terms of comparions [sic] of the contemporary worlds”. The USA has killed more people than any other nation state: 2 million in Cambodia, 2 million in the Philippines, 3 million in Vietnam, 1 million in Iraq alone. It is the worst superpower and the worst nation of all time.

    Kart Gert

    August 14, 2014 at 4:15 pm

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