The United States is as wealthy, deomocratic, and powerful as it is because of its geography.
I just finished up Robert Kaplan's book, The Revenge of Geography
, and he alludes to this several times throughout. His thesis was that democracy and a free market economy can only flourish in a country whose borders are secure. He gives examples of Great Britain in comparison to Germany... The former is an island nation, apart from the struggles of continental Europe after the Hundred Year's War. The latter was a land-based power with powerful empires on either side. Democracy only came to a united Germany when its borders were secured by the strongest military alliance in the world. For the United States, he argues his claim by pointing to the fact that our only real threat along our border in the past 200 years has been Mexico. Our borders also touch the two most important oceans in the world.
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