According to geopolitical strategist and author Peter Zeihan, America owes much of its superpower status to simple geography. “Geopolitics, the influence of geography on nations, made the United States great and will keep it there,” wrote the author of The Accidental Superpower and The Absent Superpower.
Zeihan joined Jacki Daily in this podcast to share why he believes that America’s geography, demography, and energy independence, will allow our country to prosper in the coming decades, even as other parts of the planet decline into chaos.
“Really it just comes down to blind luck; we’re in the right spot,” said Zeihan. “The key issue is that moving things from A to B is very difficult. But if you float it, it’s one-twelfth the cost. The Greater Mississippi system by itself is about 13 thousand miles of interconnected naturally occurring waterways, [which] directly overlays the Greater Midwest system. So that puts the densest concentration of waterways in the world, about half of the world’s total, right on top of the world’s most productive agricultural land.”
The conversation goes on to touch on topics such as free trade, before and after World War II, the ‘shale revolution’ and resulting energy independence for the US, and America’s changing geopolitical needs.
Listen to the podcast above to learn more.