How is that a surprise? America has been the sole hyper-power economically, militarily, technologically, socially.....nearing a century now. Of course we are going to have an outsized role around the world than countries who are still picking up the pieces of being stunted by Communism or Islamism.
And it is a damned good thing for the vast majority of humanity - not just Americans.
These results speak for themselves.
Of course you will say America gets no credit for these amazing trends, we just get the blame for the bad shit.
Haven’t I always warned you what happens when you provide data to try and support your point?
I analyse it.
OK. Your first claim:
America has been the sole hyper-power […] nearing a century now.
No it hasn’t. Your timing is all out there.
In 1939 (that’s 80 years ago…), the U.S. was only just beginning to pull itself out of the Great Depression its speculators had caused 10 years previously. And it’s military capability was negligent, relative to France, Germany, the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom, Japan, Italy and China (in order of relative 1939 strength).
It took the massive Keynesian stimulus of the New Deal and re-tooling of the U.S.’s Industrial Base to create War materiel to sell to the belligerents in WWII, to restore the U.S. Economy.
And the U.S. Government used World War Two to accrue most of the World’s wealth to itself, by selling its military wares to its “Allies” in Europe.
By 1945, the former Imperial European powers were all bankrupt, having given all of their money (in the case of the UK, France and Russia) to the United States.
And of course, Europe’s industrial capacity was utterly devastated by the War and not in any shape to compete with the industrial output from a United States homeland completely untouched by that War.
And the first European nation to recover, was the nation that started and lost both World Wars, had all of its War debts cancelled in 1953, and whose reconstruction was more or less entirely paid for by the United States, which wanted a European bulwark against the Soviet Union.
And of course, the same goes for Japan as for Germany.
During World War Two, the United States of America demanded payment from its “Allies” for every single bit of equipment received (the UK made its final Lend-Lease payment in 2005).
And when that War was over, the U.S. paid to rebuild the economies of the two nations that were primarily responsible for World War Two, and easily responsible for the most appalling War Crimes that took place during the War.
But even with that… The United States was still not the “sole hyper-power”. It was one of two Super-Powers. Wasn’t it?
Now you say that the United States gets no credit for “these amazing trends”. That’s true. Because it deserves none.
Think about it.
You assert that the United States was the pre-eminent power for the last Century. It wasn’t. But it was economically (not militarily or technologically) ahead of the Soviet Union from the 1950’s onwards.
But all of the appalling degradations of Soviet and Chinese Communism occurred *WHILST* (you claim) the United States was the pre-eminent power.
The Chinese don’t become Communist until 1949. And all of Mao’s shit takes place after that. And whatever degradations and depredations the peoples of the Soviet Union suffered (after Stalinism and World War Two), also happened on the U.S.’s “Watch”.
So what again was it that the United States managed to prevent happening?
Let’s look at your first chart:
What does that show?
That there was a rather large-scale War taking place during the 1940’s. (Which the U.S. could not have prevented, but benefitted handsomely from.)
Then there is another massive conflagration indicated between 1965 and 1975 – can you think what that might have been?
And then again in the 1980’s, when the U.S. sets Iraq against Iran.
And you did read the key to the above chart, didn’t you? Did you notice that the yellow values indicate Civil Wars with foreign intervention?
Care to take a guess at which nation most frequently intervened in other Nation’s Civil Wars (and for a significant number of those Civil Wars, was actually the instigator)..?
So no, I don’t see that chart supports your contention that the U.S. has kept the lid on Human Conflict since World War Two. My reading is quite the opposite. Care to explain why your reading is different to mine?
Let’s take a look at Poverty:
I might be reading the dates wrong on that graph, but it seems to me to be saying that right up to 1980, a quarter-to-a-third of the World’s population was still living in poverty.
And from my own knowledge of History, I can tell you as a matter of fact that the steep decline in World Poverty that takes place from 1980 onwards, was more or less exclusively the result of 700 million Chinese being lifted out of poverty in the post Maoist-era.
So under its tenure as “sole hyper-power [sic]”, the U.S. was uninterested in reducing the human poverty that existed in its rival powers’ societies. (Which isn’t hard to understand, is it?) And by far the greatest reductions in Human Poverty came as a result of the modernising of China’s economy.
The second greatest contribution to the reduction in Global Poverty, incidentally, comes from former European colonies gaining independence.
What exactly was it that the U.S. did to reduce Global Poverty in the 20th Century?