Professor Michael Beckley’s newest book details why common wisdom about America’s economic and military challenges – especially compared with China – fails when correctly analyzed. His data-driven book, “Unrivaled,” underscores why no rivals, today or tomorrow, truly challenge the United States, the #1 superpower. Professor Beckley, an associate professor of political science at Tufts University, demonstrates how economic and military efficiencies prove his points, especially as compared with China. Business leadership in America drives efficiencies. Moreover, we continue with three major advantages: (1) geography, including arable land and navigable waters, (2) demographics, with the USA one of only three of the largest economies with a growing workforce, and (3) seemly strong institutions. He shares his worries about some challenges to our leads, especially due to high debt and possible political missteps, including local military disputes such as in Ukraine, but believes other countries’ challenges are deeper. This interview reflects the best themes of The Optimistic American, that our best days lie ahead.
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