Overall though I still don't understand your argument. To me it sounds like you are arguing against a straw man. "Everyone believes this, but I say they are wrong." Could you give me some examples of ways in which the US was so far ahead and now they are not? After you give those examples could you explain how these events came about completely independently from government involvement? If you can do that sufficiently, then I will buy your argument. If not, then I must assume you are arguing against a straw man.