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America As Empire by James Garrison

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3America’s Journey to Empire

RATHER THAN DEAL WITH THE CRISIS of the nation-state system or seriously take on any of the global challenges crippling human affairs, except for HIV AIDS, to which it has made a small gesture, the Bush administration is doing what empires universally have done at their moment of preeminence: further consolidate military control. This is a natural, indeed necessary, action for any empire to accomplish; otherwise, its dominion is not secure. Military might seeks to make durable what is inherently unstable. But under current circumstances, further consolidating military supremacy in an increasingly unsustainable international system might turn out to be more like arranging deck chairs on the Titanic.

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