Empire

'We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you're studying that reality – judiciously, as you will – we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that's how things will sort out. We're history's actors . . . and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.'" Ron Suskind quoting an unnamed senior Bush White House official. (2002)

...how often do empires end well, really ? They live vampirically by feeding off others until, sooner of later, they begin to feed on themselves, to suck their own blood, to hollow themselves out. Soon or later, they find themselves, as in our case, economically stressed and militarily extended in wars they cant afford to win or lose. The United States of Fear: Tom Englehardt p183.

"Why should the enormous American military and political operational centers built in Germany during the past 50 years still exist? There no longer is a cold war with Russia, or anyone else, that lends logic to these facilities. Today we find they are used to eavesdrop on the German chancellor and her government, and on the German (and other European) peoples – and undoubtedly to collect economic and industrial intelligence as well." William Pfaff

Chalmers Johnson video (about an hour.)

 

Alone in the history of the world, the United States has a program for global supremacy. It can be found in the 2002 National Security Strategy (NSS) of the United States and in the governing doctrine of the United States military: "full-spectrum dominance." (from Geoffrey Perret's book 'Commander in Chief'

U.S. global power, as presently conceived by the overwhelming majority of the U.S. establishment, is unsustainable. To place American power on a firmer footing requires putting it on a more limited footing. Despite the lessons of Iraq, this is something that American policymakers - Democrat and Republican, civilian and military - still find extremely difficult to think about." Anatol Lieven.

"... to maintain our empire abroad requires resources and commitments that will inevitably undercut our domestic democracy and in the end produce a military dictatorship or its civilian equivalent. The founders of our nation understood this well and tried to create a form of government - a republic - that would prevent this from occurring. But the combination of huge standing armies, almost continuous wars, military Keynesianism, and ruinous military expenses have destroyed our republican structure in favor of an imperial presidency. We are on the cusp of losing our democracy for the sake of keeping our empire. Once a nation is started down that path, the dynamics that apply to all empires come into play  - isolation, overstretch, the uniting of forces opposed to imperialism, and bankruptcy. Nemesis stalks our life as a free nation." pg 279. Chalmers Johnson's: Nemesis.

"Empire: nation-state that dominates other nation-states and exhibits one or more of the following characteristics: 1) exploits resources from the lands it dominates, 2) consumes large quantities of resources—amounts that are disproportionate to the size of its population relative to those of other nations, 3) maintains a large military that enforces its policies when more subtle measures fail, 4) spreads its language, literature, art, and various aspects of its culture throughout its sphere of influence, 5) taxes not just its own citizens, but also people in other countries, and 6) imposes its own currency on the lands under its control.

This definition of “Empire” was formulated in meetings I held with students at a number of universities during my book tour in oo5 and 2006. Almost without exception, the students arrived at the following conclusion: The United States exhibits all the characteristics of a global empire. Addressing each of the above points... " The Secret History of the American Empire: John Perkins.

A New World Order ? (3/2/2014)

The Folly of Empire (10/14/2013)

Three Good Reasons To Liquidate Our Empire And Ten Steps to Take to Do So

America's Imperial Power Is Showing Real Signs of Decline: (8/2/2013) Chomsky

The Making of a Global Security State (6/16/2013)

The Real Invasion ofAfrica is Not News (1/31/2013)

Why The American Empire Was Destined to Collapse (3/7/2012)

Empire: The Pentagon Can Barely Keep Track of Its Thousands of Bases (1/9/2011)

The Empire is Eating Itself (Ralph Nader) 9/3/2011

The Project For The New American Century

"From 1945 to 2003, the United States attempted to overthrow more than 40 foreign governments, and to crush more than 30 populist-nationalist movements fighting against intolerable regimes. In the process, the US bombed some 25 countries, caused the end of life for several million people, and condemned many millions more to a life of agony and despair." William Blum

Staying Bush's course means the end of our republic, rejection of international law, and it confirms our path to empire. History has shown the likely fate of empires is destruction. It should now be obvious that we are a lot less safe now. War has become increasingly more destructive and our fate could be worse than those which have gone before. We are, as Noam Chomsky points out, on a path to an "Armageddon of our own making". See Chalmers Johnson's "Republic or Empire" in the January, 2007 issue of Harpers Magazine or his book trilogy: Blowback; The Sorrows of Empire; and Nemesis. (Links below.)

America's Empire and Endless Wars Are Destroying the World, and Ruining Our Great Country (9/6/2010)

How to Dismantle the American Empire Before This Country Goes Under (7/29/2010)

The Anti-Empire Report

America's Tragic Descent into Empire (7/7/2010)

EmpireNotes.org

On Imperialism

The US Has 761 Military Bases Across the Planet, and We Simply Never Talk About It (9/8/2008) See Military.

Colonizing Culture 5/29/2009

Full Spectrum Dominance

Harold Pinter's Nobel Prize acceptance speech.

Is imperial liquidation possible for America ?: Chalmers Johnson

Chalmers Johnson (videos)

Andrew J. Bacevich

Economic Hitman

John Perkins

From Empire to Earth Community

Resisting the Empire:

Documentary Filmmaker John Pilger on Struggles for
Freedom in Israel-Palestine, Diego Garcia, Latin America and South Africa

The renowned investigative journalist and documentary filmmaker John Pilger
has spent the better part of his life documenting American empire and the
resistance it has met. Pilger has made over fifty documentaries and is the
author, most recently, of "Freedom Next Time: Resisting the Empire," which
looks at ongoing struggles in Afghanistan, Diego Garcia, India, Palestine,
and South Africa. Pilger joins us for the hour to play excerpts of his
documentaries and speak of the struggles he has covered. *

Listen/Watch/Read
http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=07/06/07/1347259

 


 

The State of the Empire

Links

Decline of the Empire

Killing Hope

Bibliography

The Face of Imperialism: Michael Parenti

Full Spectrum Dominance: Totalitarian Democracy in the New World Order: F. William Engdahl

Resistance Against Empire: Derrick Jensen.

Colossus: Niall Ferguson

Naked Imperialism, The U.S. Pursuit of Global Dominance: John Bellamy Foster

Citizens of Empire: Bob Jensen

The Crime of Empire: Carl Boggs (3/23/2010)

A People's History of American Empire: Howard Zinn

Day of Empire: How Hyperpowers rise to global Dominance - and why they fail: Amy Chua

Nemesis: The Last Days of the American Republic": Chalmers Johnson

Challenging Empire: Phllis Bennis

The Sorrows of Empire Chalmers Johnson

The End of the American Era: Charles Kupchan

Full Spectrum Dominance: F. William Engdahl

Full Spectrum Dominance: Rahul Mahajan

Democracy Matters: Cornel West

Blowback: Chalmers Johnson

Overthrow: Stephen Kinzer

The Secret History of the American Empire, John Perkins

Empire of Debt: William Bonner and Addison Wiggin.

The State of the Empire 2006.

Jonathan Schell on Bush's Failed Empire

Dark Ages America, the Final Phase of Empire by Morris Berman. Like any book at variance with the official story, this one has taken a lot of hits. You need to read it for yourself to see the depth of source material, the insight, and the poor outlook for the US empire.

The Price of Empire: J. William Fulbright (1989)

The New American Militarism: How Americans are Seduced by War. Andrew J. Bacevich

Commander in Chief: Geoffrey Perret

Are We Rome? The fall of an Empire and the Fate of America: Cullen Murphy

Presidential Power: Unchecked and Unbalanced. Mathew Crenson and Benjamin Ginsberg.

Unchecked and Unbalanced: Presidential Power in a Time of Terror. Frederick A.O. Schwarz Jr. and Aziz Z. Huq

The Matador's Cape: America's Reckless Response to Terror. Stephen Holmes.

Failed States: Noam Chomsky (See this link also.)

Hegemony or Survival: Noam Chomsky

The American Empire project lists books that, singly or together, confirm that the US is building an empire.

Pretensions to Empire, by Lewis H. Lapham

Notes on the Criminal Folly of the Bush Administration
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