It’s easy these days to feel pessimistic about the United States. We’ve got our share of serious challenges, including a still-soft economy, polarized politics, continued race issues and an epidemic of gun violence. Are we the greatest nation on Earth? I think so, but that’s a subjective view certainly open to interpretation.
What isn’t debatable is America’s continuing world dominance in some of the most important human activities, including commerce. Business Insider put together a few charts to show how America dominates other nations in many different ways. For example, despite all the buzz about China’s rise, the U.S. economy is still far and away the world’s largest at $18 trillion – well ahead of China’s $11 trillion and 4.5 times the size of third-place Japan.
If the U.S. were a high school student, it would be the brainy jock. American scientists have racked up 256 Nobel Prizes, 2.5 times as second-place many Great Britain. Meanwhile, our athletes have won 1,073 gold medals to the USSR/Russia’s 655.
Our performance in the arts is pretty impressive, too.
Take a look at these charts and you’ll see why Warren Buffett recently observed, “For 240 years it’s been a terrible mistake to bet against America, and now is no time to start. America’s golden goose of commerce and innovation will continue to lay more and larger eggs.