The United States and the New Global Age
We have now entered the Shift Age, the global stage of humanityâ€™s evolutionary journey. What this means is that the U.S. must redefine itself within this new global age. During the second half of the 20th century, the U.S. was a super power, the super power that lead the Western bloc of nations in contrast to the Soviet Union which was the other super power that lead the Eastern bloc. Unfortunately, when the Soviet Union crumbled in the early 1990s the U.S. simply accepted victory and did not spend time reflecting what this meant.
What does it mean to be the sole super power? What does it mean to be a super power in this new global age? There was no national discourse at all on this subject. Where once we defined ourselves as the good guys against the bad guys, the country that stood for Capitalism against Communism we did not reflect on the fact that this definition of who we were had changed. We entered the new millennium without a new sense of what being a global power meant. Without a clear adversary to help define us, we lost our way. This has, in part, been part of the problem that has led us to have a greatly reduced stature in the world.
This has been a topic of conversation for me with numerous CEOs around the country in recent months. It will merit further discussion here in the months ahead. What prompts mention of this now is a great TV interview sent to me by a regular reader of this blog. Tom Hudson is anchor and managing editor of â€œFirst Businessâ€ the top rated syndicated business program in the country [Full disclosure: I have appeared twice on â€˜First Businessâ€™, once to comment on the future of newspapers and a second time on the future price of oil]. Tom just conducted an interview with Ambassador Nabil Fahmy, the Ambassador to the United States from the Arab Republic of Egypt. In the first part of the interview Ambassador Fahmy touches on this very point, that America needs to rethink how to reposition our power in the new global world.
Ambassador Fahmy is not only insightful about the need for America to rethink itsâ€™ role as a power in this new world, he is extremely articulate and impressive. He is a breath of fresh air and a change from the superficial Iraq war lathered image America has of Arab leaders from the Middle East.