Yet as we look around amid the incredible stories about the dollar, and the price of oil and gold, and the actions of Chavez, the Iranians, the OPEC we are all about the dollar, the Chinese who can't decide if they want out of the dollar, or if doing so would destroy their holdings before they could act completely we can see two threads which twine together into a world spanning cable.
This past week, the Honda commercial hit the air. GM apparently has a concept vehicle. I will probably buy the first to market vehicle. It looks to be Japanese technology.
- The USA remains completely dependent on oil.
- The world no longer has confidence in the actions or fortitude of the American people (take that any way you want it)
There are many who think that this doesn't matter. But it does.
Japan can solve that issue, but they cannot instill in this world the renewed confidence it needs (for reasons of its present military, history and national policies today), for despite the anti Americanism RAMPANT on this planet, beneath all is a realization that whatever it is individual nations and groups want us to do or not do, only WE can do it, or make it better without doing it, in the end.
Russia is, well, they will be Ivan IV. China won't, despite a freer economy, let people bring 2 bibles to the olympics, and Japan just wants a low profile and economic success. Europe despite economic might has neither the military will, the political stability, the resources, or the UNITY to carry out a coherent future plan right now.
Despite all our faults, and by process of elimination, that leaves us. Like it or not, for all.
Since 1973 the handwriting has been on the wall for the USA (and the world). Oil is done. That's it. There IS no argument. The arbitrary nature of where it is, is found in the future, and can be retrieved eliminate it as a force for economic or political stability or predictability. More, there's got to be a better way.
The failure of first, the commercial system here to generate the momentum for the inevitable, and then the govt to tax break and demand, and fund and CREATE the research to create the FEASIBLE technologies is a manifest and COMPLETE failure of the both American economic and political system.