Incoherent Empire

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An expert on power, politics, and empire proposes how the current US regime might save itself.

The US is a military giant, better at devastating than at bringing peace to other countries. It is a political dwarf, unable to rule foreign lan

The US is a military giant, better at devastating than at bringing peace to other countries. It is a political dwarf, unable to rule foreign lands or control its own client states. It is the backseat driver of the global economy; it cannot steer, but prods poorer foreign states toward often-irresponsible free-market politics. An ideological phantom, it seduces with promises of freedom, democracy, and material plenty, while bringing only militarism and stagnation. By dissecting the military, economic, political, and cultural resources of the US, Mann concludes that these resources only add up to an incoherent empire.

Mann also analyzes US involvement in invasions overseas, the war on terror, and "rogue states," concluding that the strategies it utilizes only increase the resolve of terrorists. ...Continua

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