Re: American Imperialism?

From: Robert Owen (
Date: Sat Mar 18 2000 - 15:23:17 MST

Zero Powers wrote:

> Right, that is *not* imperialism. Imperialism is extending a nation's
> authority by territorial acquisition or by the establishment of economic and
> political hegemony over other nations. The US is not doing this. We are
> basically acting as the referee in the world's international wrestling
> matches, and enforcing the rules when we notice low blows. No, no one
> appointed us as the referee, but we're the biggest kid on the block and have
> assumed the role of shot caller by default. Maybe its a good thing, maybe
> its not. But it is definitely *not* imperialism.

I should think we would want to distinguish colonial and
strictly economic imperialism.

Robert M. Owen
The Orion Institute
57 W. Morgan Street
Brevard, NC 28712-3659 USA

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