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  • What has the United States ever done for us?

  • Can you imagine a world without NASA, Mickey Mouse, or McDonalds?

  • It's a fairly mind-boggling hypothetical to get our heads around, if for some reason

  • those Brits had won the revolutionary war and the United States had never been formed.

  • That's what we'll look at today, in this episode of the Infographics Show, What if

  • the USA never existed?

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  • Rather than imagine a USA that somehow remained a wilderness inhabited by hunting and sometimes

  • warfarin tribes, we'll try to imagine an alternate history based on if there had been

  • no American revolution.

  • One of the reasons the Brits were defeated was the fact that its forces were placed all

  • over the world.

  • As empires do, it was playing a real-life game of Risk.

  • According to the recent history book, “The English and their History”, writer Robert

  • Tombs states that the British army could have easily defeated the revolutionaries, but that

  • would have meant taking a major risk regarding its other colonies.

  • If we believe Tombs, we can at least take this hypothetical show seriously.

  • Even if the land was still under British rule, we have to imagine that there would still

  • be a lot of discord in the nation.

  • There would be a huge economic disparity, and the north would have most of the money.

  • The British, still rightly paranoid about the rise of the rest of Europe, would have

  • a hard time persuading settlers in the new world to stay with them.

  • The French would be the main threat.

  • Had the American Revolution not happened, perhaps the French revolution would also not

  • have happened.

  • The writer Thomas Paine may still have written Common Sense, but perhaps more people in our

  • alternate history tended to think the Brits had more of it.

  • If that was the case, Paine may not have been so fired up about the French Revolution, as

  • he couldn't have defended an ideology of freedom and democracy under the influence

  • of the American Revolution.

  • Paine would have likely been arrested in America and executed for treason.

  • The question is, would the Brits have sought a fairer way of living for citizens in their

  • colonies, or would it only be a matter of time before there was a revolution against

  • them?

  • The world surely would have been a worse place without The Rights of Man, but it's likely

  • someone would have written them.

  • Britain would be very powerful and very rich, much to the chagrin of the French.

  • The French would likely build a stronghold in the USA as it already had French Louisiana.

  • Perhaps there would be some consolidation between the French and Brits, and due to no

  • revolution, there would likely have not been a Napoleon and both the French and the British

  • would have been a tad ruthless and aristocratic.

  • How the world would have been divided up is too much to speculate, but it would have been

  • very different.

  • It's likely Germany would still have waged a war in Europe anyway, and possibly with

  • France and Great Britain at each other's throats, Germany would have come out better.

  • But for now, let's stay with Britain and British culture as globally dominant.

  • It's likely human rights and personal freedom would have taken much longer to manifest in

  • the world, mainly because Britain was, and still is, very much a class culture.

  • There would have been a kind of Platonic high-class/low-class separation of society, and for some poor folks,

  • no chance to live the British Dream and enjoy 'the pursuit of happiness'.

  • But British hegemony would not have meant disaster in terms of how everyday society

  • works.

  • The strong European nations would still have created fairer forms of democracy, while science

  • and the arts would have still evolved.

  • Europe had always been the powerhouse of science, industry, philosophy, and so no America wouldn't

  • have thwarted societal progression.

  • We must remember, though, that many of the technologies we have today were created or

  • vastly improved because of the world wars.

  • And that includes computer technology.

  • The first computer was actually invented by a Brit called Charles Babbage.

  • So, while we may not have had a Silicon Valley, computer industries would have still taken

  • off around the world.

  • One thing that may have been different is how and why we use computers.

  • America is a country of individualism, so perhaps the fact Facebook was created there

  • isn't that surprising.

  • The fascinating documentary 'Century of Self' focuses on how advertising companies

  • and also the government in the American past could engineer consent and manipulate what

  • they called 'the herd' by making them identify with products and ideologies using

  • psychological manipulation.

  • America firmly put the 'self' into society, and it virtually created public relations

  • and advertising.

  • Without America, perhaps the self would never have been so important, and we would still

  • be living in societies that embrace collectivism more.

  • While individualism would still have taken root in Europe, it's likely consumerism

  • and self-identifying with our products and brands, may have not been quite the same.

  • We might not have had a culture where being liked can happen at the push of a button,

  • or one in which a ruler is in love with Twitter.

  • We might also ask what would have happened if those class conscious Brits would have

  • been defeated by Fascist or Communist nations.

  • Karl Marx wrote that the communist utopia could not exist before capitalism finally

  • imploded, and the USA has been to some extent the greatest conduit of capitalism.

  • Without the USA, democratic ways of life could have been severely at risk.

  • We could also ask if, with unhindered New Capitalism and neo-liberalism, which are very

  • American, we are consuming our way to self-destruction?

  • European dominance may have not included the Big Gulp and Big Pharma lobbying arms.

  • Or, would British global dominance, or French, or Russian, or Chinese, have been any different?

  • One thing we can tell you, is that if the USA had never existed, you wouldn't be watching

  • this.

  • But would something similar have been invented, and would you have had the freedom to discuss

  • some of the things we've mentioned today?

  • Would we have had the specter of 'fake news' or even the technology for big brother to

  • know we are reading it?

  • Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

  • Also, be sure to check out our other video called What if you only ever drank coke?!

  • Thanks for watching, and, as always, don't forget to like, share, and subscribe.

  • See you next time!

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