Author and political scientist, George Friedman, theorizes that Mexico is a coming world power this century, and America isn’t close to being finished. In fact, he predicts another Golden Age for the U.S. He sees the social and economic conditions crippling China and could potentially throw it off its fast track of a rising superpower. He also predicts another stand off — a Cold War like struggle between the U.S. and Russia. (photo from Latin Travel Mall)
“Mexico is already the world’s 13th largest economy,” Friedman told Newsmax’s Ashley Martella.
“It has over a trillion dollars GDP. It has 100 million people. It is a great power. And as it develops, and it is developing at a dramatically fast rate, we will see it emerging later in the century as one of the top powers in the world…
“People have, I think, a lagging perception of a lot of countries, and Mexico is not what it used to be.”
Martella noted that Friedman has predicted China will undergo a major extended internal crisis and asked: “To what extent, and has it already begun?”
“That crisis certainly has begun,” Friedman responded.
“We have to remember that China is a Third World country. Of the 1.3 billion people in China, over a billion of those live in standards of living that are Third World. A very thin layer of China is what Westerners look at when we look at this economic expansion, which has been extraordinary.
“China depends on exports. It is an extension of the American economy. When the Americans catch cold, China catches pneumonia. And when China catches pneumonia, when exports slow down, people are thrown out of work.
On America’s future Fridman says:
“I see a situation in which American power will continue to grow,” Friedman said.
“The United States has been expanding dramatically since 1870. It is the one country in the world that has systematically, in every decade, increased its power by any measure that you look at. We see that intensifying.”
Friedman predicts the U.S. will also enter “a new energy age” in the second half of this century. With the hydrocarbon age ending, America will use its control of space to place solar collectors in orbit, which will beam back energy to earth in the form of microwaves and “turn the United States into a super Saudi Arabia. In other words, it will be a country that not only controls space but utilizes it for driving the economies of the earth.”
The Mexico prediction is a far cry from what was released just last month claiming that Mexico was in serious danger of collapsing from its internal struggles with the violent drug cartels. I’m assuming he thinks this will be resolved? Who knows exactly but it is very interesting and, if you take him at his word, it can be seen as plausible. However, a few quick searches reveals otherwise. I just hope they don’t ask for the southwest back…
I wrote a little piece on China’s possible collapse and see that as a very real possibility. Feeding, employing, and keeping 1.3 billion people content is a very daunting task even for a centralized one-party state. Throw in the global recession and that spells disaster.
Interesting that I didn’t see Canada or India. Canada, if it chooses to exert itself and stops mirroring its European siblings, could be a formidable economic and military power.
As for America…why not? So long as we curb out political dysfunction and prevent the culture wars from further dividing a seemingly socially and morally parting country.