What are your predictions for the United States in 50 years? By the way things are going, the US, in my opinion, will be in one of two states: chaos and in second place in the world, or right back on top dominating the global scene even more than we are now.Those are the only two scenarios I can imagine. If you think we'll be in second why do you think that? And if you think the United States will be on top, why?
In other words, are our best days ahead of us or behind us?
Fun aside: what number president will we be on in 2062? We're at 44 right now so my guess is 52 by then.
Not speculative, but based on the numbers: bankrupt, unable to pay SS or Medicare funds, unable to pay for a military of any size, unable to stop crime.
Not very speculative: third-world levels of payments required to gov't officials to run a business legally, big underground economy, hyperinflation, balkanized by class interest (classes like "those with gov't pensions" and "unions" and "homeowners," not just income level).
And it was all preventable. Maybe it still is. But nobody's doing anything to prevent it.
In a state of permanent mourning, as I will most assuredly have passed into the great beyond.
Having turned 50 this week this post resonates.
We'll be lamenting the golden days of the 2020s, the post-war boom times with futuristic "leave it to beaver" style television re-runs recalling that decade, and the decline of moral order (again). But overall, we'll be living longer, with a better quality of life, better connected to each other and the world around us, with the US providing intellectual, economic, technology, and philosophical leadership for the world.
Also - flying cars. Finally.
This for the most part.
I do think Elliott hit on something that will be interesting to watch and that is globalization. Where will the economy and the markets take not only us but individual nations. Germany, the US, China, India...will Russian every figure anything out. Good or bad, globalization of the economy is here and will only become more significant.
Also while watching what the economy/market does, I do see NATO and other alliances like that falling apart. UN will be drastically different if still around.
And the Simpsons will be in their 80th season
Don't forget complaining about all those foreigners coming in from country X and taking all the jobs from your average real Americans (you know, real Americans with traditional white-asian-latino-black roots).
Was thinking about this with an article I saw recently talking about non-white Americans having more babies. It got me thinking. Go back in time and you'll see the same fear about being overrun with Jews, Italians, Irish, etc. Its like every generation of immigrants becomes the next generations' natives worrying about the next group of immigrants.
Hey, whatever placates you canucks best. Have fun learning Mandarin.
Why not? My ancestors had to learn English.
Because your ancestors were outnumbered by English speakers who still had a positive birth rate. What possibly brazen reason could you have to enforce a minority language on a soon-to-be majority?
What are you talking about?
Oh, you mean "why not" learn Mandarin in your own country?
At first I thought you were simply deluding yourself into thinking an immigrant majority will adapt to the Canadian way. Now I see that you actually look forward to Canadians adapting to the ways of it's immigrants.
That is quite possibly the most pathetic sentiment I have ever read. Congratulations.
right now I live in a country dominated by english speakers, hence we speak english. If that changed in the future I assume my descendants will learn whatever language is the dominate language of the day. My ancestors spoke English, Irish, and going further back I assume saxon and various other languages. I don't think language is sacred, especially since even the version of the one I speak today, English, is probably completely different to English-speakers a few centuries ago.
But if we are sticking to 50 years. I doubt anyone I know or if dead, those who knew me will know a lick of Mandarin seeing as we've been in Canada for over 60 years and very few of us have learnt French yet. After a 100 or 200 years, well who knows? More likely, considering the language whore that English is, we'll keep speaking English but adapt a few more Chinese words into it.
As for immigrant majority. They will always change the "culture" of their country since they are the MAJORITY. So like I said, what are you talking about? Do you think you and the millions of other "average Americans" are anything like what the founding fathers thought of when they thought what was an average American? The great thing about America (and Canada) is that immigrants can come and become one. And yes, although they will change from being influenced by the country, they too will change the country as well.
So just what the heck are you getting at?