The U.S. Role in Global Interdependence

By Lorensen, Marianne | Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences, January 2003 | Go to article overview

The U.S. Role in Global Interdependence


Lorensen, Marianne, Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences


In Brief

In a 2001 address, Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle addressed these times of increasing global interdependence.

"The U.S. economy, larger than that of the next four highest nations combined, contributes to a tremendous scope of power and influence. Global growth and technological change are spurred by the innovation and prosperity of the United States," he said. He noted the far-reaching impact of American culture: "Our movies, music and media are everywhere - the Senate may never hold confirmation hearings on Mickey Mouse, the Microsoft butterfly, or Madonna, but in many ways, they are seen as our ambassadors to the world."

While the nation remains in a dominant position, the reality of global interdependence cannot be denied. Technology is a major contributor, enabling the rapid exchange of information and ideas.

The U. S. is strong, but her strength is increasingly tied to the strength and stability of the rest of the world. Daschle maintains that the following must occur for the U. S. to remain strong and to exercise global leadership:

* Maintain military strength and superiority while also preparing the military for future challenges. …

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