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America As Empire by James Garrison

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1America and the World

THE UNITED STATES HAS BECOME what it was founded not to be. Established as a haven for those fleeing the abuse of power, it has attained and now wields nearly absolute power. It has become an empire. This is meant as a statement of fact, not a judgment of national character. It is a way of understanding America, not an indictment against American policy. Indeed, by opening up the possibility of viewing the United States as an empire, one opens up a far larger frame of reference to understand America’s history, role in the world, and future responsibilities.

WHAT IS AN EMPIRE? According to the Oxford Dictionary, an empire is “a group of countries ruled by a single supreme authority.” The word itself comes from the old ...

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