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America As Empire by James Garrison

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7The Roman Achievement

AS THE UNITED STATES EMBARKS on its pathway of supreme power, the crucial question before it is how long it will last before it falls. As a republic, there was nowhere to go but up. As an empire, there is nowhere to go but down. What steps can America take to ensure it remains strong, powerful, and respected by the world over which it now exercises dominion? Is exerting overwhelming military power sufficient, combined with economic exploitation, for America to maintain political control and guarantee wealth to its populace? Or is there some other ingredient that ensures the solidity and coherence of power?

To answer this fundamental question of solidity and coherence, it is illuminating to examine the empire that lasted ...

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