America As A Superpower

Although America was just formed after winning independence from Britain, countries that were oppressed looked towards the new country and its Declaration of Independence to achieve their own freedom. As America grew powerful, the country rose to the top among superpowers like Britain and Russia. Today, America is the world’s only superpower and hegemon. To achieve this position, America strengthened their military forces, expanded their economy and integrated its culture through foreign policies. While the quality of life and wellbeing of some people from around the world have improved from America’s influence, the same cannot be said for Americans. The hegemon invested a staggering amount of money for the military and companies are spreading …show more content…
The United States ranks first with a GDP of 16.2 trillion dollars, with China at second with 8.2 trillion dollars (Greenberg and Page, 572). America’s economy is lucrative on a global scale because of their broad international customer base. Many foreign businesses and individuals rely and trust on American products because the country creates high-caliber products in the market. Having something essential to offer to the table, America can establish alliances and maintain peace by conducting business with a country. The second superpower, cultural power, is often overlooked. Since we practice our own culture and ideologies daily, we take them for granted and we do not see how big of an impact cultural power has on a global scale. Ways that America has influenced other countries through cultural power are the establishment of English as a major language, technology, international students studying in American universities, politics and society, business, and science (Greenberg and Page, 577). For the last superpower, America is the frontrunner when it comes to military spending. The superpower spent over 646 billion dollars to build their military (Greenberg and Page, 573). Even if one were to add up the next ten altogether, America would still overshadow the costs of spending by about 107 billion …show more content…
However, it has become a country that has levels of excessive spending in national defense, which is harming Americans. Rather than spending on the military, America should spend more on its citizens and work harder to increase their cultural power to have friendly relations with other countries, which will also affect the way America spends on military, its trading and its

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