A Happy 4th of July to All Buggy Visitors!
And while you're celebrating, you might find time to read a lengthy buggy comparative analysis of something relevant to our country's impact on the world since 1776: how the United States --- the dominant rule-setting power in economics and security in the non-communist world since 1945, and globally since the end of the cold war in 1990-1991 --- has used its dominance to foster large institutional reforms world-wide. In particular, that means democratic government, market-economies, and a global institutional framework of organizations and rules for regulating economic exchange --- the IMF, the WTO, the World Bank, NAFTA, and support for the EU.
In the international security sphere, the major institutional innovations fostered by the US have been no less important. Think of the UN and NATO, plus American bilateral and regional alliances with Japan and others in Asia.
No Need to Say More:
Click on the link to the buggy stuff, set out at Economist's View yesterday (July 3, 2009).