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sweetheart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-28-05 02:22 AM
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18. Dynasty perhaps?... but empire?
Your recapitulation of american history comes off glib, in that it is
a serious stretch to call 3 empires in a century.

Myself i would start with the civil war, explaining how the war never
ended, and instead has spilled out beyond america's borders in
subsequent dynasties of governance. The hubris of creating and
defending american democracy through force of arms, and the huge
miliatry industrial complex began in the civil war.

As well, the cold war is better summarized on page 261 of chalmer's
johnson's "sorrows of empire": "The ideological war between capitalism
and communism during the second half of the twentieth century was not
a conflict between totally different ideologies. It was rather a civil
war between two extreme viewpoints of the same Western ideology: the
search for happiness through the material progress disseminated by
the Industrial Revolution"..<snip>.. "the cost of the Soviet version
of development was shortages and lack of freedom; today, that of the
neoliberal, capitalist variant is unemployment and social exclusion."

All war is civil war, and you externalize it in your essay. To see this
ongoing power grab to exploit the labour of mankind freely without
opposition, is a continuing outgrowth of slavery and the original
civil war that is still not settled... 3 empires my foot.... rather
1 unfinished civil war.

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