America. The great melting pot. A country that frequently makes or takes the best the world has to offer, perfects it, and brings it to the masses. Don’t take this article as a sign of American arrogance, more American appreciation.
There are good things happening around the world, whether it’s German engineering, Swiss precision (The author’s favorite example of this), Asian cooking, African rhythms, or any number of different takes that we humans have in this life. But let’s take some time and look at what Americans do best.
America is one of humanity’s best experiments. Not without its flaws and foibles, America continues to produce a wide variety of the best. Beyond its physical resources, it’s the human resources that come from hundreds of years of people immigrating to what all people want. A better life.
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American medical technology, research, and pharmaceuticals are superb and are global “besties.” The level of American medical and biological research produced leads all other countries by a factor of four, with the United Kingdom, Germany, Canada, and France taking the second through fifth slots.
It’s estimated to be a $130 billion dollar industry in 2016, with more than $50 billion of that amount slated for export.
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Pizza, hamburgers, peanut butter. The “melting pot” that America is contributes to its food leadership. Nowhere in the world is the cuisine so culturally diverse. Pappadom to poutine, bouillabaisse to BBQ, the selection is more broad and diverse than any other country.
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The U.S. dollar is the reference currency for global trade. From Middle East oil, to manufactured goods from Asia, the currency is almost always the U.S. dollar. An estimated 65% of the world’s foreign currency reserves are held in U.S. dollars as it is the most trusted currency instrument in the world.
The best production, the best special effects, the best box office draws and more. American cinema. The top 5 modern worldwide grossing films of all time, Avatar, Titanic, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Jurassic World, and Marvel’s The Avengers, are all American films. Throughout cinematic history, films like The Wizard of Oz, Citizen Kane, and The Godfather have held America in the position of top global film maker. It’s estimated that the U.S. movie industry adds in excess of $500 billion annually to the country’s gross domestic product. The American movie industry’s Academy Awards show alone is broadcast in 150 countries around the world, and purported to be watched by a billion people (This billion number may be an exaggeration).
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