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America and its allies are CLEARLY declining powers.

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Date: Tuesday, 14 November 2023

America and its allies are CLEARLY declining powers.

Eric Zuesse (blogs at

Here are the statistics that document this truth from an economic standpont, and which document that already America is a smaller economic power than is China — and is becoming relatively smaller and smaller each year in relation to China:


GDP PPP = Gross Domestic Product at Purchasing Power Parity, the real economic output:


“GDP based on PPP, share of world”

Percent of World


(in 2023):
European Union  14.55%
China, People's Republic of  18.82%
United States  15.42%

(in 1980):

European Union  25.86%
China, People's Republic of  2.26%
United States  21.32%


(in 2015):

European Union  15.18%
China, People's Republic of  15.96%
United States  16.25%


(Whereas the U.S. was 21.32% of the world’s economy in 1980, it became 15.42% in 2023 — a 28% decline: clearly a declining economic power. So: by the time of 2015, the U.S. decided for war against China, but also against Europe — despite Europe’s declining faster than the U.S. did. That’s the reason why the U.S. Goverment, which is controlled by America’s thousand-or-so billionaires, sharply ratcheted-up their anti-China propaganda at that time. And it’s also the reason why America’s sanctions against Russia harmed also America’s European ‘allies’: America’s billionaires aim to be #1 again.)












The World ROSE 5.58x (during 1990-2022).










U.S. ROSE 4.24x (and that was well below the global average).

——RUSSIA:  13 Nov. 2023 Russia’s GDP PPP



2000=$1.00T (after about a decade of U.S. mismanagement under Yeltsin)

2005=$1.7T (after 5 years of Putin)





Russia ROSE 5.33x during that period (and all of that increase went to a similar increase there in per-capita GDP, because Russia’s population stayed remarkably stable throughout that 32-year period). (By contrast: America’s population shot up 37% during that period; so, America’s actual economic performance during that period was actually far worse than Russia’s.)










China ROSE 21.83x










EU ROSE 3.90x


The United States is trying to make up for its relatively declining economy by increasing its military spending, which, as a consequence, is now already over half of the global total of military spending (though it hides that damning fact). It’s all based upon incessant lies. Consequently, for example, NATO’s PR agency, the Atlantic Council, headlined on 31 August 2023, “Indonesia’s economy will surpass Russia’s sooner than expected. Here’s what that says about the global economy.”, and argued their ‘case’ against Russia’s economy, not on the basis of past data, but on the ‘basis’ of their projections of what the future numbers will supposedly be. Neoconservative allegations are always based on lies and invalid reasoning: they constantly insult the intelligence of their audience that way.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Government, as the imperial power, has no hesitancy to suck the economic blood out of its vassal nations, such as in the EU, in order to increase its own economic performance. And that’s the reason why the EU’s economic performance now is even worse than America’s is — and way below the global average (of 5.58x).

On 13 November 2023, Tamás Dezső, the great Hungarian historian, sociologist, Assyriologist, and Director General of the Migration Research Institute, headlined “Old World Geostrategy — Part III”, and he documented yet further the relative decline of America, and of its allies (or vassal-nations).

This explains the pro-U.S.-empire, or “neoconservative,” movement, and their hardening of the U.S. empire’s aggressiveness, as being a failing reaction to what by this time has become a clearly established decades-long rotting-out of that empire. (Its rotting-out has been especially conspicuous in the cases of America’s numerous failed wars such as in Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, and, now, in Ukraine.) At some point in time, either that empire will quit its obsession to be ‘Number 1’ in the world (attain an all-encompassing hegemony or dictatorship over all nations) and will instead join the growing community of nations that won’t any longer cooperate with those neoconservatives (those would-be global dictators); or, else, alternatively, there will be a world-destroying nuclear war, WW III, in a psychopathic and vain attempt, by those neocons, to continue being the driving force in international relations that they have been ever since 25 July 1945, and especially since 24 February 1990

What has been happening ever since at least 1994 is the decline of The West and the rise of the rest; but the arrogance of the Bushes, Clintons, Obama, Trump, Biden, and the other implacable neocons (including almost all members of the U.S. Congress) is their self-righteous insistence upon achieving global hegemony. No matter how many wars they lose, their appetite for yet more coups, invasions, illegal sanctions, and other forms of aggressions against the countries they hunger to take over, remains apparently insatiable.


Investigative historian Eric Zuesse’s new book, AMERICA’S EMPIRE OF EVIL: Hitler’s Posthumous Victory, and Why the Social Sciences Need to Change, is about how America took over the world after World War II in order to enslave it to U.S.-and-allied billionaires. Their cartels extract the world’s wealth by control of not only their ‘news’ media but the social ‘sciences’ — duping the public.

Dr. Fikrejesus Amahazion at the XXIX International Rosa Luxemburg Conference in Berlin on January

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