Anti-Imperialism/Foreign Policy

The Sun Sets on American Empire

By Daniel Larison

photo: BMOGREENA/flickr
Throughout the campaign season, Mitt Romney and Barack Obama alike insisted that the 21st century must be another American century—that the U.S. should continue to be the world’s predominant military, economic, and political power for generations to come. After ten years of shattered hegemonic dreams, leaders of both parties still feel compelled to declare their loyalty to the vision that inspired the follies of the Bush era. Foreign-policy debate continues to turn on the question of how to preserve American hegemony, rather than how to secure U.S. interests once America is no longer so dominant. What nobody in Washington can acknowledge is the subject that this book addresses: the American Century, to the extent that it ever was real, is now definitely at an end.

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  1. America has to be the poorest Empire there is. With no Imperialist culture from its people (For Glory) with a greater ideal, there is only the ability to pretend as one in the name of democracy.

    People in this country do not know what it is like to live under the thumb of another country.

    China doesn’t care as it asserts itself within the world.

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