American influence on the world community, for better or worse, has been a significant factor in global affairs for more than a century. Many countries view the United States’ influence as primarily pernicious, largely a form of economic, political, and military imperialism. Other countries acknowledge the United States’ contributions in the form of economic and development aid as well-intended, and, in the main, beneficial. Virtually all nations acknowledge, through their determined consumption, the influence and reach of McDonald’s hamburgers, Levi’s jeans, and American rock n’ roll. However, I will argue that it is the United States’ dissemination of the tenets of the American Dream that is America’s most pervasive, and important, legacy and that its subtle influence has induced other nations to pursue the goal of individual home ownership through the acquisition of private mortgage debt to the detriment of the interconnected world economy.
|Keywords:||American Dream, Globalisation, International Affairs, Resource Allocation, Individualism, Competition, Progress, Optimism|
Associate Professor, Department of Criminal Justice and Legal Studies, Saint Martin’s University, Lacey, Washington, USA
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