Poll edited 6/18/10
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Would the majority of people in the world feel better off now, if they could experience a world in which the US was abse
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Posted 6/18/10
On another thread TheAncientOne posed an interesting query and I thought I'd test it in a poll.

This is my edited version of his proposal.

Imagine you could live through an alternate reality; A history, past present and future that was different from the one we have today, but retaining all your memories of this world.

In this alternate history. the US simply disappeared in 1900. You can imagine it as a giant worthless desert that somehow doesn't alter the climate or maybe a mystery shielded behind some anime-esque impenetrable barrier.... or whatever else suits your fancy.

The KEY point is that:

For good or ill any influence, development, weather change, political theory, artistic creation or movement, charismatic individual etc... Originating from the US after January 1st 1900... just didn't happen.


The question is: With the memories of this world in your head, and the direct experience of the world presented above carved into your experience, would you say this world was better?

Feel free to post reasons why.







Posted 6/18/10
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Posted 6/18/10
It would probably be different, but nowhere near better; and with all that open territory, there's bound to be some country who wants it.
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Posted 6/18/10

Aztecnology wrote:

Poles don't belong in Extended, just to let you know.

oops.

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Posted 6/18/10
the question posits a world completely leaves US out of the picture since 1900's including resource base, and 'empty land'

I know it's a bit of a stretch. also I may have worded the title one way and the original post another, my bad.

Basically a 'yes' vote implies that our existing world would be superior to one without the US
While a 'no' vote argues otherwise.
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Posted 6/18/10
Prolly not, if it wasn't for America, everyone would be speaking German:) and yes America over extends it's military abilities at this point in time, but they still have the best science and buy the most products in the world. Making people live longer and buy more anime:))
Posted 6/18/10 , edited 6/19/10
You mean if Europeans never stole this land from the Natives? if that's what you're saying, then yes.

edit: My answer is yeah still. Things would be different of course, & it'd be nice to see things would be today under different principles.
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Posted 6/19/10
please read the first post. if that is not clear, feel free to PM me.
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Posted 6/19/10
A difficult question, isn't it. After all its a lot of what ifs and the question is not so straightforward "Would MAJORITY of the world feel better ,,, :

Personally I be sad because America or at least the principles that its supposed to stand for will be gone. Mayhaps another country will take its place as a beacon of hope.

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Posted 6/19/10
It would just be different.
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Posted 6/19/10

Northboundsnow wrote:

A difficult question, isn't it. After all its a lot of what ifs and the question is not so straightforward "Would MAJORITY of the world feel better ,,, :

Personally I be sad because America or at least the principles that its supposed to stand for will be gone. Mayhaps another country will take its place as a beacon of hope.



IMO the US isn't the only or even the paramount sources for said principals. but I have to agree with you I voted yes to the question.

Yes people would prefer this real world, over the imaginary one I posited in the OP.

but that's My opinion. Your Mileage may vary.


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Posted 10/16/10
it wud be different I guess..
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