1 Steven Hiatt outlines the pervasive web of control—financial, political, andmilitary—that sustains today’s global empire.

Global Empire: The Webof Control

Steven Hiatt

A never-ending accumulation of property must be based on a never-ending accumulation of power. —Hannah Arendt

In June 2003, after declaring “Mission accomplished!” in the wake of Operation Iraqi Freedom, George W. Bush told cheering West Point cadets that America has “no territorial ambitions. We don’t seek an empire.” Meanwhile, neoconservative pundits like Niall Ferguson and Charles Krauthammer were encouraging him to do precisely that: to “make the transition from informal to formal empire” by acknowledging America’s actual role in the world and accepting the reality that ...

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