Greece, Destroyer of Worlds.

Eurozone map in 2009 Category:Maps of the Eurozone

Since the end of the Cold War, the nations of the world have become increasingly interdependent. Interdependency is the idea that relations among states within the international system are mutually dependent and inextricably tied together. In theory, interdependency will lead to peace as war among the dependent nations is no longer feasible. A perfect example is the European Union and its pacifying impact on Europe. The history of Europe is as long as it is violent. Nevertheless, the region has been relatively peaceful ever since the nations of Europe became economically interdependent.

However, interdependency has a dark side. In this new era of globalization, sovereign nations can find themselves held hostage by the economic policies of other states. Imagine the impact on the world economy if Saudi Arabia decided to cease all oil production or if the United States instituted a trade embargo on all foreign products. The current Greece debt crisis is a real-world example of how the economic policies of one nation can severely hamper the economies of the entire Euro-zone, the United States, and the world.

With the aftermath of the recent economic recession and the impact of international trade agreements on domestic economies, should not the United States, as well as the nations of the world, strive to be self-sufficient?



19 responses to “Greece, Destroyer of Worlds.

  1. I would have to say yes to the agreement to the blog. United States and even other nations around the world should start being self –sufficient. It is common sense. The more one depends on someone else, the less sufficient he or she will be. Government personnel sure wants to believe they are independent, but they sure don’t act like it. One big example I can think of is the constant routine of America barrowing money from everyone else, especially china. “… bureaucrats operate not only within the confines of routine, but often with considerable discretion to behave independently” (Edwards III, Wattenberg, and Lineberry, p. 448). I don’t seem to understand. If government authority behaves in such an independent kind of way, why rely on others when they can rely on themselves. It is my understanding that we have many government personnel responsible for the protection of our public interest in specific areas of our economy. “ Each independent regulatory commission has responsibility for making and enforcing rules to protect the public interest in a particular sector of the economy…” (Edwards III, Wattenberg, and Lineberry, p. 441). Would ant it be wiser to have these authorities in government to start think about the wellbeing of are self-sufficiency other than asking for help every time we are in a jam. The US should focus more of their attention on how our people within can help each other than having the handicaps of asking everyone else for help out of our national circle. Like the book said, “Bureaucracy is simply a way of organizing people to perform works” (Edwards III, Wattenberg, and Lineberry, p. 443). I believe now is the time to reorganize the many jobs in which government hold and really set a plan to the path of better independents because if we don’t, “federal government [will be] growing out of control” (Edwards III, Wattenberg, and Lineberry, p. 460).

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  3. I think the United States should become more independent. As well as other nations around the world should do the same thing. I understand that importing and exporting of goods is a good thing for our country. I just think that when a nation becomes totally dependent on another country it looses it’s capacity to fend for it’s self. We need trading to make the world go around. But we must also remember that we must stay self- sufficient before we wake up one day and our country is being ruled by some other nation.

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