As the U.S. is well on it's way to being surpassed by China in, perhaps, 3-5 years and India, in likely, 7-9 years, I believe China's reign will last till the end of humanity. Here is what I project will happen next decade: China, India, Brasil, Russia, perhaps the Middle East - if they can have a real democracy and not have governments in the likeness of Saudi Arabia and Iran, and there is a likelihood Africa could rise from its tumult when the tribes stop fighting each other and African immigrants go back to make things better for their countries, will prosper The non-US Western nations will be in an up-and-down affair, but, they will stay the same in what they produce. Call me crazy for believing this, but, I think the demise of the U.S.A. was inevitable since the early 1900s and even more apparent since the end of WWII. I think when the U.S. dies, the Northern states may become part of Canada; the Southwestern U.S. will become part of Mexico, again, and, I don't really know about the Southeastern U.S. There are many theories about the future of the U.S., but, none of them clearly define the World 30-50 years from now. Whether some of you are religious or not, the religious text make a great point when they say this in my paraphrase: humanity will die when they live in total moral relativism; the developed world outside the U.S. has not reached that point, and, after visiting Canada, humans are not even close to it; my fellow countrymen are very close to living in total moral relativity. I hope I am not garnering too much heat from many of you; your thoughts?